Pop superstar Lady Gaga rejected a $1 million offer to give Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney a big boost in the run-up to the election last year, by performing at the Republican National Convention.
Court documents unveiled this week reveal the Poker Face hitmaker had been approached by organizers of the Republican Party’s pre-election gathering to hit the stage at the Tampa, Florida event, even though she’s one of the most outspoken gay rights advocates and a fan of Romney’s Democratic rival Barack Obama.
Representatives at the American Action Network, the group behind the convention, even tried to sway Gaga by offering to donate $150,000 to a domestic violence shelter in exchange for her participation.
The details emerged in legal papers submitted to the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. as part of a legal battle between the American Action Network and entertainment vendor Cater America over a scrapped Lynyrd Skynyrd concert, which was axed ahead of the RNC due to the threat of Hurricane Isaac in late August.
Meat Loaf became a bit of a “meat laugh” after a video surfaced of him massacring “America The Beautiful” with an improvisation that turned Mitt Romney’s Ohio Gala into an ear bashing.
The singer turned actor turned reality TV star was one of a few names up on stage to celebrate and encourage Presidential candidate Governor Romney as he attempts to take office in November.
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Kiss frontman Gene Simmons insists he wasn’t endorsing Mitt Romney when he made supportive comments about him on Tuesday.
Asked on Fox News who his pick was for president, Simmons said, “Strictly speaking on the economy and in my humble opinion, Mitt Romney.”
Simmons also said he regretted supporting Barack Obama in 2008, and believed Romney was a stronger candidate than Obama.
But on Friday, Simmons tweeted, “I HAVE NOT ENDORSED MITT ROMNEY FOR PRES” with a link to comments on his website.
“I was quoted on Fox as saying I prefer Gov Romney only as far as fiscal economic areas are concerned. And I stand by that comment,” he wrote. “But I have not endorsed either Gov Romney or Pres Obama….The next election is coming up and for some reason, both the left and right of the political spectrum are curious who I will vote for. I have no idea why anyone would be interested in who I would vote for…or for that matter who anyone else would vote for. I HAVE NOT MADE UP MY MIND.”
Simmons did predict that Romney would be the Republican nominee, writing, “Mr. Santorum is unelectable in my estimation. Mr. Gingrich comes with some baggage that won’t work for the women of America. Mr. Paul has some interesting ideas that seem appealing on the surface, but other ideas strike me as far too idealistic and not very pragmatic.”
Simmons wrote that he would make up his mind privately before the general election.