Mahlered by Telemarketers
The phone rings at 9 a.m. The number looks familiar, but I answer before I can place it. It’s them again. What do they want? Money. Membership. Support. Fund-raising. The phone rings several days later. It’s a different number. I answer before I remember not to. My brain is fuzzy; I haven’t had coffee yet.
“Hi, Kara, this is the New York Philharmonic,” the voice on the phone says.
“I’m not interested,” I say, trying to get off the phone as quickly as possible, feeling, once again, like a total heel.
I don’t not want to support them; I just don’t actually want to.
Probably not, seeing as the Vogue editor in chief was just announced as being the fourth-biggest fund-raiser for Barack Obama’s re-election campaign in a document released to The New York Times. But this was due in no small part to the $40,000-dollar-a-plate dinner she held over at Sarah Jessica Parker’s house back in June: that event raised approximately $2,000,000 on that night alone.
Now the president and first lady of hip-hop want to give the editrix a run for her money.
Occupy the Hamptons
On Sunday, with temperatures hovering around 85 degrees, the Occupy Wall Street movement headed Out East to protest Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s $50,000 a plate dinner at the Southampton home of billionaire David Koch— one of three local fundraisers expected to raise a cumulative $3 million over the weekend.
Shouting “Election for sale” and “For $50,000, you could be a Koch whore too,” the crowd of approximately 150 people assembled with signs and music behind a banner reading “Mitt Romney Has a Koch Problem,” the event’s unofficial slogan. A similar banner was flown above the nearby beach, towed behind a MoveOn-commissioned plane. That organization also brought its Romney Mobile, complete with fake dog strapped to the roof and company logos such as UBS and Bain Capital Ventures on the side.
More than an anti-Romney protest, the focus was on Koch and the influence of wealth on the electoral system. Signs read “Romney is All Koched Up” and “End Corporate Personhood” while a balloon was scrawled with “Romney = Koch Sucker” (the protestors apparently wanting it both ways, pun-wise, when it came to Mr. Koch’s surname).
SHEKELS AND THE CITY
You wouldn’t think, but not all mail-merge, en masse, preformed emails are alike. Which is why journalism nonprofit ProPublica created their a wonderful little feature—right now, in beta—called the Message Machine, which crowd-sources communications like emails from campaigns, collects them, and notes the small differences. The one they’re working on now is about Sarah Jessica Parker fundraising for Barack Obama in New York City.
It’s pretty interesting to watch—and note—the way most people got emails that left out the emphatic praise of Sarah Jessica Parker from emails other recipients received.
LEAVE ANNA ALONE!
Today must have been an interesting day for Vogue editor Anna Wintour: She’s come under fire not just in the pages of the New York Post, but on Fox News as well. And what did Ms. Wintour do to so enrage such esteemed gatekeepers of the integrity of Western Civilization?
City Comptroller John Liu really had no choice. Faced with serious questions about his campaign fund-raising, Mr. Liu backtracked from his position that an inquiry could be handled in-house. Instead, under mounting public criticism, Mr. Liu asked former State Attorney General Robert Abrams to conduct an independent audit of his campaign’s books.
Good move. And good choice. Mr. Abrams, who served as A.G. from 1979 to 1993, has an impeccable reputation and would seem to have no ax to grind.
What remains uncertain, however, is whether Mr. Abrams will have the resources—in terms of a budget and personnel—to conduct a thorough investigation of Mr. Liu’s tangled campaign finances.
With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 on the horizon, things are chugging along at the World Trade Center site in preparation. On Friday, the mayor announced both President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush will be joining him at the ceremony. Two blocks away, two very short blocks, Sharif El-Gamal is rushing to meet his own September deadline.
From one of the more entertaining White House pool reports in recent memory, comes this dispatch about President Obama’s $35,800-per-plate ($5k to the campaign; the rest to the DNC) fundraiser in San Francisco this morning:
Mr. Obama was in the middle of his remarks when a woman in a white suit stood up and said, Read More
A reader passed along the following invitation for Andrew Cuomo’s first major fundraiser since getting inaugurated at the start of the year.
The fundraiser is tied together with a performance of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and according to our reader, specifically targets members of the LGBT community. (The show is about two drag queens Read More
The office of Long Island congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy just sent out word that she just completed a (for her, at least) record-breaking fundraising haul in the first quarter of the 2012 election cycle.
“The outpouring of support from both New Yorkers and across the country has just been enormous,” McCarthy said in a statement. “I’m Read More