Lady Gaga concert will be used to raise money for Florida Democrats
March 3rd, 2011
06:25 PM ET
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Lady Gaga concert will be used to raise money for Florida Democrats

Washington (CNN) – "I want your love" won't be the only lyrics rock star Lady Gaga sings from her top ten repertoire but Florida Democrats will be singing right along as they use tickets to her concert as a lure for donors.

The Sunshine state's Democrats hope to raise funds for its "House Victory 2012" campaign by selling tickets to Gaga's April 16 concert in Tampa. That's according to the St. Petersburg Times.

The newspaper reports that Florida Democrats will also sell luxury box seating for other concerts: a Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks event on March 23; and a Katy Perry concert on June 10. None of the rock stars are directly involved in the political effort.

A spokesman for the Florida Democratic party would not confirm details of the events, but he did tell CNN that it's not unusual for his political organization to woo donors with tickets to concerts and sporting events.

"This is one of many standard fundraisers we do at sporting events and concerts," Eric Jotkoff, communications director for the Florida Democratic Party, told CNN.

"The party has purchased tickets for certain events and used that as a fundraising opportunity."

Jotkoff explained that funds raised will benefit the Florida Democratic Party. One function of the state party is helping to financially support Florida Democrats, including those elected on a federal level.


Filed under: Democrats • Florida
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. marian vangoode

    be careful what you wish for and who you want to attract.

    March 3, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  2. TD40

    Republicans' opinion of Lady Gaga raising money for Democrats: "She's a talentless bim-bo who is an embarrassment to the entertainment industry and her concert is not going to help the democrats."

    Republicans' opinion of Lady Gaga is she were to raise money for Republican candidates: "She's a wonderful entertainer and we're proud to have her represent us and raise money and it will help us in the state of Florida trememndously!"

    Pretty sure that's what's coming.

    March 3, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  3. fayse

    Good for her, I hope that her millions of "monster" fans are of voting age. All I can say is, Florida needs all of the help that they can get. I wish that she would come to Texas while she is at, we need help too. Not all of us are Karl Rovian, Rick Perry stupid.

    March 3, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  4. Fed Up

    Why does this not surprise me????

    March 3, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    The Florida Democrats wouldn't raise enough money giving away tickets to an Elvis Presley concert to buy victory in 2012.
    "Baby, if I made you mad for something I might have said, Please, let's forget the past, the future looks bright ahead..." Sorry baby, can't forget what Democrats have been doing since 2008...

    March 3, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  6. GonzoinHouston

    Let's have a public debate; Lady Gaga vs. Sarah Palin. Topics can be any part of government, policy, international affairs, or political science. I'll give you 3-1 odds on the singer.

    March 3, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  7. Chandler02

    Lady Gaga's concerts are very entertaining! Since she actually works for Democratic causes, like repealing DADT, this makes good sense.

    March 3, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  8. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    GREAT! WE need all the help we can to defeat the big money GOP lie machine!

    March 3, 2011 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |