2008 – CHICAGO — As far as political fundraisers go, this one was a decidedly nontraditional affair. There was a go-go dancer gyrating behind a pane of glass, free games of “Frogger” and peanut-butter-and-jelly sushi rolls served on Pringles.
The music was loud, the cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon plentiful and the only guy to show up in a suit was rather befuddled-looking Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias.
Yes, when Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz decides to throw an event — even one designed to raise money and awareness for Democratic candidate Barack Obama — he does it his way.
“I have never really gotten involved in politics before. Even in college, everyone just wanted to go out and get drunk and make bad decisions, sort of like we did when we elected George W. Bush eight years ago,” he told the crowd from the DJ booth at Chicago’s Lakeview Broadcasting Company, the dive bar/ clubhouse he co-owns. “So in the spirit of all that, I just want everyone to pretend this isn’t a real fundraiser and go out and have fun.”