Elton John will be performing at a fundraiser for presidential candidate Al Gore on September 19, 2000. It will take place in the San Francisco Bay Area. Elton's 45 minute show is expected to be the main event apart from a Gore speech at a wealthy benefactor's mansion. If you want to be part of this, start feeding those piggy banks today: Cost (read: donation) is $25,000 per table, $50,000 if you want the table to be near the stage!
British citizen Elton is not believed to have ever performed on behalf of an American candidate before. "We contacted him, and he said yes," said Stanford University Business School Professor Joel Hyatt, who also serves as a finance chair for the Democrats.
One e-mail advertising the event suggested a $50,000 or higher contribution would earn "an intimate face-to-face with Elton and Al." Hyatt said the prices have not been set, but tickets to similar fundraising events typically go for $25,000 a couple. John Doerr's Woodside home is a likely venue, but that could change, Hyatt said. If it is Woodside, Elton may feel at home!
In August 2000, Gore was serenaded by Barbra Streisand, a regular on the Democratic fundraiser circuit. But Elton certainly sets a new high in fundraising potential for the Democrats. So, how much? A lot. Earlier this year, start-up entrepreneur Marc Greenberg paid John $1 million to sing at his Treasure Island wedding.