It’s no secret that Howard Berman (D-CA) is one of the very best friends that RIAA has in Congress, and it should come as no surprise that he will have a grand old time at the Grammy Awards – as in five grand, the amount it is said it will cost for those interested in bending Berman’s ear to pay to party with him at the ceremonies.
According to Hillicon Valley, Berman will be hosting his guests at a pre-event brunch, after which they will get a box seat at the actual event and an invitation to the events taking place afterwards.
The $5K they will be asked to pony up will be in the form of a contribution to Berman’s campaign funding.
Berman has held other fund-raising events with RIAA in the past, and the entertainment industry makes up a big portion of his campaign finance base.
Berman is a co-sponsor of the Performance Rights Act put forth by John Conyers (D-MI).
RBR-TVBR observation: Don’t be too surprised by this. Political donations are nothing new, and broadcasters donate money too. Just don’t waste any precious time trying to convince Mr. Berman to switch over and join those who oppose the Performance Rights Act. It