Proving Barack Obama’s grassroots appeal, a fundraiser on Saturday at East Village standby Eastern Bloc raised more than $10,000 for the president’s reelection campaign. More than 150 supporters turned out for a toned-down event at the notorious nightclub on East 6th Street.
While Anderson Cooper—whose on-again, off-again relationship with Eastern Bloc co-owner Ben Maisani has been making headlines—was unable to attend, there was no shortage of eye candy. According to the Washington Post, guests partied alongside “male dancers wearing Obama ’08 boxer briefs (or, as one did, an American flag-themed thong) stuffed with the requisite $1 bills. (Only door proceeds went to the reelection fund; dancers kept their tips.)”
“We do these parties for gay porn stars at Eastern Bloc whenever [they’re] in town from L.A.,” said Mickey Boardman, editorial director for Paper Magazine, who helped to organize the event. “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]?’”
Indeed, why not?
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