A racy fundraiser for President Barack Obama in Manhattan featured male dancers collecting tips. The event was called "Gogo for Obama."
“We do these parties for gay porn stars at Eastern Bloc whenever [they’re] in town from L.A.,” said Boardman. “It’s always a room of Village gays, socialites, porn stars, fashion people. . . . We thought, ‘Why don’t we do a go-go thing at Eastern Bloc for [Obama]?’ ”
Still, organizer Will Wikle said the group recognized that the event could make campaign organizers uncomfortable, so they toned down promotional materials. “We didn’t put a go-go boy on the invitation for that reason,” he said. “We didn’t want any Republicans to jump on it and view it as some sex party.”
And Wikle said the host committee was diligent in its two months of planning, working with Democratic National Committee officials to navigate campaign finance law, something that the organizers knew little about. Wikle said officials told the host committee it couldn’t have liquor sponsors or an open bar.
The go-go party highlights the fashion industry’s newfound interest in political fundraising. With Anna Wintour, the Vogue fashion editor, as a top Obama campaign bundler in 2012, many designers have followed her lead, designing for the campaign’s “Runway to Win” store and donating at smaller industry events such as “GoGo for Obama.”