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Buffett to Headline Fundraiser for President Obama

posted September 26th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

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by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett is lending his voice once again to the Barack Obama campaign. He’ll headline a fundraiser at a Florida home on October 12th, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Next up at the Lake Mary home of celeb-lawyer and Democratic fundraiser John Morgan: Jimmy Buffett, live and in concert, to raise money for the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama.

Morgan is inviting people to a private, 5 p.m. fundraising party at his Lake Mary mansion on Oct. 12 featuring “A Musical Evening with Jimmy Buffett.”

Price of tickets starts at $500 just for the concert; $1,000 for VIP seating; and $5,000 for a meet-and-greet opportunity with the Florida Keys balladeer, Cheeseburger in Paradise rocker and long-time Democratic supporter.

“Remember, it’s five o’clock somewhere. Come get your margaritas, cheeseburgers and paradise at Morganritaville!!” Morgan states in an invitation cover letter.

Proceeds will be split up between the Obama For America committee, the Democratic National Committee, and state Democratic committees in Florida, Ohio and several other “swing states.”

In 2008, Buffett played to 20,000 people at a campaign rally in Tampa for Obama. In 2009, Buffett was spotted at the White House while in town for his annual northern Virginia show.

Obama also delved into political fundraising in 2010, playing at a private event for Florida gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink.


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Buffett Music Video Appearance Haunted Bob Graham’s VP Vetting

posted June 21st, 2012 at 8:01 pm

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by Josh Martin

Did an appearance in a Jimmy Buffett music video cost former Florida senator Bob Graham the nomination to be Michael Dukakis’ vice president? Probably not, but it did scare those that were doing the vetting:

Then a first-term U.S. senator and former two-term governor of Florida, Graham was under close consideration by Democratic presidential nominee-to-be Michael Dukakis in 1988. Political strategists, legal counsel, an accountant and a private detective gave him a thorough going-over, he recalled in a recent interview.

They didn’t find any skeletons in his closet, Graham said, but someone came across the Buffett video for the 1984 song “Who’s the Blonde Stranger?” about adulterous affairs. Graham makes a cameo as a drink-holding, grinning businessman about to hook up with a waitress. Graham said he joined the filming at short notice on a request by his friend Buffett, who co-founded with Graham an effort to protect and save manatees, the endangered sea mammal.

“They kept hammering away about it,” Graham recounted. And the accountant wanted to know why Graham hadn’t recorded his payment for the appearance – Graham explained there wasn’t one; it was a favor for a friend.

“Playing in the video may not have been the best judgment in the world, but I finally became irritated at the questioning about what I considered a trivial incident,” he said.

Everything else went fine, he said, but Dukakis chose veteran Sen. Lloyd Bentsen of Texas. In 1992, Graham got a call from Bill Clinton asking him to come to Washington. They had a long pleasant interview, Graham said, but Clinton went with Al Gore.

Watch the “Who’s the Blonde Stranger” video:




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‘Jimmy Buffett Day’ Resolution Passes!

posted April 7th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

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by Josh Martin

The Florida resolution honoring Jimmy Buffett we told you about yesterday was voted on and passed today. That officially makes Saturday, April 16th “Jimmy Buffett Day” in the state of Florida!

And appropriately the Welcome to Fin Land Tour kicks off that night in Tampa.

Congrats Jimmy on this honor!


Tagged in Charitable Causes, Parrotheads, Personal/Family, Politics



Florida Congressman Proposes “Jimmy Buffett Day”

posted April 6th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

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by Josh Martin

Radio Margaritaville has brought to attention a Florida congressman’s efforts to honor Jimmy Buffett:

Rep. Rick Kriseman, a 3rd term Democrat from Florida 53rd District has introduced Florida House of Representatives HR 9063, A resolution recognizing April 16, 2011, as “Jimmy Buffett Day” in Florida. First reading was on Mon. 4/4, and is pending a vote.

You can read the full text of HR 9063 here. Below is a portion of the resolution:

Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Florida:

That April 16, 2011, is recognized as “Jimmy Buffett Day” in Florida in appreciation of his charitable efforts, support of the environment, and positive economic impact in the state.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be 54 presented to Jimmy Buffett as a tangible token of the sentiments expressed herein.

The resolution mentions many of Buffett’s charitable endeavors, including the Save the Manatees Club, benefit concerts for hurricane victims and the Gulf Coast, plus his business contributions to the state, including employing 200 people at the Margaritaville Beach Hotel and his mark on Key West.

Rep. Kriseman proved his parrothead chops at a 2010 campaign fundraiser where he sang “The Great Filling State Holdup:




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Democrats Turn to Buffett to Get Out The Vote in Florida

posted October 28th, 2010 at 11:22 pm

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by Josh Martin

According to the National Journal, Florida Democrats are reaching out to Jimmy Buffett hoping he’ll help get out the vote in the state ahead of Tuesday’s election:

Florida Democratic sources tell National Journal that Sink’s campaign, panicked by what it considered an alarming advantage for Republicans in early vote totals so far, on Wednesday called Florida’s senior Senator, Democrat Bill Nelson, to seek his help in bringing Buffett into the mix. Nelson then called former Senate colleague, Bob Graham, to reach out to Buffett. Graham has been personal friends with Buffett since the early 1980s and it was Graham’s relationship with Buffett that brought him into state Democratic politics when Graham was governor. Graham called Buffett Thursday and asked him to do as many events as possible on Monday, election eve. Buffett said his schedule prevented that, but he is considering some involvement in get-out-the-vote efforts this weekend, Democratic sources said.

Earlier this month Jimmy played a fundraiser for gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink.


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Video from Alex Sink Fundraiser

posted October 13th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

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by Josh Martin

Here is video of Jimmy Buffett performing at last Sunday’s fundraiser for Alex Sink. He plays solo acoustic versions of “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”, “Volcano”, “Come Monday”, and “Margaritaville”:




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