Marc Cooper blogs at the LA Weekly on the most lavish and well-attended party that he (and many in the California delegation) have enjoyed so far in Boston. It was thrown by our old friends Fleishman-Hillard, the international PR giant that is for the moment persona non grata at L.A. City Hall. Not so at the Democrats' big bash:
Follow the money, they say. So I did. And it led right to the Wellfleet oysters and mango lobster cakes. And the grilled swordfish. And the stuffed figs and sushi. As well as the ham, turkey, pasta, grilled vegetables, smoked duck, jumbo shrimp, fresh clams, cream puffs, napoleons, and éclairs. And to the gourmet wine bar and two or three other free-flowing bars. Also to a couple of jazz bands, a handful of performing human mannequins, a spectacular view from the top of Boston’s highest skyscraper. And lapping all this up late last night, the California Congressional Delegation and much of the cream of Democratic “progressivism” – including Doctor Dean and House minority leader Nancy Pelosi.(see the pictures in the posting below) By day they rail against special interests. By night, they party down with them.
This is no run-of-the-mill special interest. The money trail I refer to is the one the L.A. County District Attorney has just launched a criminal investigation to sort out. It emanates from the corporate PR powerhouse, Fleishman-Hillard which is at the center of a still unfolding influence-peddling scandal that is currently stinking up L.A. City Hall.
That didn’t stop California Democrats from declining the invitation from Fleishman-Hillard to party all night on the 50th “Skywalk” floor of the local Prudential Tower as it picked up the gargantuan tab for what was certainly one of the most lavish, outré spreads thrown this week.
Cooper blogs a few pictures here.