Santorum Fundraiser at U2 Concert

Status: True, but misleading
A Newsmax article that many bloggers are linking to states that: "At a concert of the legendary rock group U2, Senator Rick Santorum will hold a fund-raising event for one night only. The thousand-dollar-a-seat fund-raiser has been put together by Sean and Ana Wolfington, and it will take place at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia in support of Santorum's reelection."

The article then goes on to state that Republican Senator Santorum and Bono share spiritual values, and implies that the two men have struck up some kind of political alliance. I don't know about the shared spiritual values part, but the two men definitely haven't struck up a political alliance. The Santorum campaign is holding a fundraiser at a U2 concert, but this is being done without U2's cooperation or blessing. The Santorum campaign is simply booking an executive suite at a U2 concert, to which they're inviting big contributors. U2 can't stop anyone from booking a room at the arena or buying a ticket.

In a New York Daily News article we find this explanation: Hillary [Clinton]'s camp isn't the first to book a Bono box. Her nemesis in the Senate, Pennsylvania's Republican Sen. Rick Santorum, had the same idea. But he's only getting $1,000 a head for U2's show in Philadelphia on Sunday. U2 was so irked by being linked to fund-raisers - particularly media reports that mistakenly said the band was working with Santorum - that their publicist sent out a release yesterday swearing off any connections. "Throughout the U2 tour, politicians from both sides have been organizing fund-raisers at the venues or around specific shows," the statement said. "The U2 concerts are categorically not fund-raisers for any politician - they are rock concerts for U2 fans."


Posted on Wed Oct 12, 2005


Ironic my v-word is money because that's all U2 is about anymore.

If they are so offended, cancel the show!
Posted by 8EΞ≡  on  Wed Oct 12, 2005  at  09:26 AM
U2 should have reserved the right to refuse service to anyone.
Posted by Citizen Premier  in  spite of public outcry  on  Wed Oct 12, 2005  at  02:06 PM
If I were one of U2 (not a likely proposition), I would make a special anti-Santorum speech from the stage just before intermission.
Posted by Big Gary in Dallas  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Wed Oct 12, 2005  at  05:33 PM
If I'm not mistaken, isn't political input what U2 is all about these days??? What happened to the old U2??? Seems Bono has his nose in everybody elses business these days but his own. He ought just get over it and add Santorum to his list of fans...
Posted by Christopher  in  Jopli, Mo  on  Thu Oct 13, 2005  at  04:45 AM
Although the way you have excerpted the news causes it to highlight Santorum, Hillary Clinton is also hosting an event at a U2 concert -- for $2,500 a head (Santorum's is $1,000) -- and U2 is equally peeved about her.
Posted by Sam  on  Fri Oct 14, 2005  at  02:46 PM
I love U2. I just wish they'd stick to music.
Posted by Executive Suite  on  Wed Aug 05, 2009  at  10:46 AM
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