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Lady Gaga's $1M Offer To Play Convention Never Happened, Says GOP

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Monday, 08 Apr 2013 10:55 AM

By Alexandra Ward

News that Lady Gaga turned down a $1 million offer to perform at last summer's Republican National Convention isn't true, according to the GOP.

"A story in yesterday’s Washington Examiner unfortunately left many people with the impression that the RNC had asked Lady Gaga and other artists to play at the Republican National Convention," the party posted on its official website Wednesday. "To be clear, the RNC neither asked, offered, thought of, or ever considered the idea of Lady Gaga performing at our convention. And clearly, we didn't offer a million dollars."

The Examiner claimed last week that Lady Gaga's apparent snub was included in court documents detailing a lawsuit filed by the American Action Network, a powerful conservative nonprofit, against vendors whose job it is to book entertainment events. However, the AAN and the event referenced in the lawsuit had no affiliation with the Republican Party or its National Convention committee.

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AAN is suing Cater America LLC, a Wyoming event production company, in an effort to recover $350,000 that AAN officials say they lost in part when a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert arranged by the event company was canceled. The concert could not take place because Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency as Hurricane Isaac churned toward Tampa.

"In planning for our fundraiser in Tampa, e-mails were exchanged between AAN fundraising staff and outside vendors exploring various performance options," Dan Conston, AAN's communications director, said in a statement. "AAN is an independent group and is no way affiliated with or connected to the RNC nor was the RNC ever privy to these internal discussions. We considered some acts and didn’t seriously consider others, but we were ultimately happy with a great Kid Rock concert. Our events were independent from the official convention and the RNC."

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