Bono & Santorum pt. 2

Yesterday Peek reposted confusing rumors that Bono was fundraising for Rick Santorum. Today, Peek, joins a number of humbled bloggers in apologizing to the activist and ipod salesman. Via Brian, we get the details...


STATEMENT BY JAMIE DRUMMOND, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF DATA (debt AIDS trade Africa), THE AFRICA ADVOCACY GROUP CO-FOUNDED BY BONO:
“It is not uncommon for politicians, from both parties, to organize events at all kinds of music concerts. If any such events take place at a u2 concert, it is without the involvement or knowledge of Data, U2 or Bono. U2 concerts are categorically not fundraisers for any politician - they are rock concerts for U2 fans."
"So, it seems like Rick has access to a luxury box that he is using during the U2 concert for a $1,000-a-head fundraiser. That's just a little bit different than U2 "teaming up" with Rick Santorum. Perhaps someone close to Rick misrepresented the situation to NewsMax.com?"

As Amanda Marcotte points out, going to a concert and selling some of your seats is not the same as having someone fundraise for you: "If that makes Bono his own personal fundraiser, then Prince and I are best buddies since I paid $45 to sit in the nosebleed section at his show." (Santorumexposed; Hat tip: Pandagon)

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