San Fran Democrat Holds Fundraiser in Bondage Dungeon Kink.com

If you were the San Francisco Chronicle, and the supposed voice of news for a city that leans heavily Democratic, and you learned that one of your favorite Democratic politicians was holding a fundraiser at a venue that calls itself “the largest fetish porn company in the world” so he could run for the city’s seat in the state Assembly, where in the article about the adventure would you mention the fact that the politician was a Democrat?

  1. The headline.
  2. The first line of the piece.
  3. Immediately after his name.
  4. Somewhere in the article.
  5. Never.

If you answered "5," go to the head of the class. Oh, and note the cute way the Chronicle introduces the story about the candidate:

As if politics isn’t sexy enough these days, San Francisco Supervisor David Campos will hold a ”kinky” fundraiser Monday night at a place that bills “the largest fetish porn company in the world” to raise money for his race to represent San Francisco in the state Assembly.

Campos held his fundraiser Monday at Kink.com’s pornography studio The Armory Club, which champions S&M, role-playing, and bondage. According to the Chronicle's subsequent writeup (which did mention Campos's party affiliation), "broad-shouldered men wearing only bow ties for tops chatted with models and donors while drag queens and porn directors picked over a platter of chicken wings laid out below a painting of a woman wearing a ball gag."

Tickets to the event cost $300, and included a studio tour and a “special brand of entertainment” in the VIP room for backers who paid an extra $50 to $150. The invitation looked like this.

Campos is running against Supervisor David Chiu for the open 17th district State Assemply seat, and gaining ground in a race he was significantly losing.

Meanwhile, Kink.com owner Peter Acworth wants the city’s approval to convert the Armory into office space in case his club is told to pack up and leave. Two actors for Kink.com recently tested positive for HIV, the Chronicle reports, prompting a shutdown in adult film production in the U.S.

In 2010, then-Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele became embroiled in a scandal after the Daily Caller discovered that the RNC had spent $2,000 on a bondage-themed nightclub.


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