Bono Unhappy With Santorum, Clinton

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WASHINGTON -- U2's Bono says he is not involved in efforts by U.S. lawmakers to use his band's concerts to raise campaign money.

Sens. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and Rick Santorum, R-Pa., and other politicians have scheduled fundraising events in private suites during shows for U2's North American Vertigo tour, which runs through the end of December.

Jamie Drummond, executive director of DATA, an Africa advocacy group that Bono helped found, said in a message posted on the band's Web site: ``Neither DATA nor Bono are involved in these (fundraisers), and they cannot be controlled. The U2 concerts are categorically not fundraisers for any politician; they are rock concerts for U2 fans.''

Another DATA spokesman said Bono was speaking for himself and not for the rest of the Irish rock band.

Bono is a dedicated lobbyist for the world's poor and AIDS-stricken.

Santorum's press secretary, Robert Traynham, said Thursday that the decision by the Senate's third-ranking Republican to hold a fundraiser during Sunday's Philadelphia show is based on his ``deep respect and admiration for Bono and their work together over the last few years to fight the global spread of HIV-AIDS.''

Traynham said Santorum's office has not spoken with Bono about his position, but it is routine for elected officials to host such fundraisers at sporting and cultural events.

The fundraiser will go ahead as planned, Traynham said.

Clinton, the former first lady, who represents New York, expects 18 supporters willing to pay $2,500 each to benefit Democrats, to join her at a U2 concert at the MCI Center in Washington.

Messages left Thursday with Clinton's office were not immediately returned.

Copyright © 2005 by NBC10.com The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved.

5 Comments

Okay, I'm tryin hard not to swear here, but what the Fu&* is this?? This crazy ass bitch is now using our favorite band, our "Bono" to further her political career?? The beauty of this band is that they are not even from this currently fucked up country, but have a love for it! Don't get me wrong, I love my country very much, and would take a bullet for it, but not if "she" was in the lead! I'm a woman, middle aged, and a mother. I love what woman's right have done for us all, but not if it involves Hillary Clinton! She lies, and not very well. Fuck that! She makes us all take a step backward, in embarrassment! I will always support a woman, I will never support a lier!

I like how Santorum says "he worked with Bono over the years to fight HIV" and then his spokesman says in the next breath that there has been no contact between U2 and the politician. This is the worst of the worst of politics--someone running for office attempting to co-opt Bono's efforts and goodwill and popularity for themselves. Security should bar politicians from the concert saying, "No jackasses allowed".

Debbie,

You are clueless. Work on your spelling. Develop a decent vocabulary. And maybe study your grammar.

And when you're finished -- find some political ground that doesn't make you such a worthless tramp.

Debbie doesnt know there was contact between Santorum & Bono. Santorum's benefit went to Bono's DATA cause, while Clinton's went to the democratic party. Santorum charged $1000 a head for DATA, while Clinton charged $2500 for the democratic party cause

Careful, Hillary might be your next President. Hillary vs The Terminator will decide the next presidential race. God Bless America.

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