There are two things to take from this FrontiersLA article. One, that Clay Aiken was still collecting money for his failing campaign at the end of September, at homes of the Hollywood less-than-elite (apparently, he couldn’t excite Gwyneth Paltrow, so he had to settle for the support of a correspondent for Extra). And two, no one who attended any of his LA fundraisers knew that they were being taped for a reality show, because they were under the impression that Clay Aiken was a serious candidate for Congress.
Now they want their faces blurred or their contributions cut out of the Esquire docu-series about Aiken’s failed campaign, probably because, even though they were asked to sign waivers so that they could appear in a “big television moment,” none of them now want to admit they actually supported Clay Aiken with real money. According to actor/director Steve Tyler, who was one of the main bundlers for Aiken in LA:
I do my homework before raising money for any candidate or cause. I refuse to ask my friends to donate money for something that I do not wholeheartedly believe in. Not only did Clay have me convinced that he was the man we needed to send to Congress, but he convinced everyone at the LA fundraiser.
It was the first fundraiser I have done in 20 years where almost every attendee wrote an additional check on their way out. They thought they were making a good investment.
And Clay was a hard sell in LA because we were making donations to our own local and statewide races and donors thought of him as an entertainer and not a representative of “the people.”
I think Clay’s idea of documenting his race was a good one. It’s very important that we learn just how much a candidate puts into the job from the very beginning. What I disagree with is him personally benefiting from that documentary (as a reality series). And those of us who signed releases were told it was for air on BBC only and not in the US.
He wrote a strongly-worded letter to Clay Aiken as well. Because if anything will make this better, it’s a strongly-worded letter.
According to Radar Online, he’s also not the only unhappy Aiken supporter. Clay Aiken’s baby’s mother (and executive producer of his three albums – yes, three), Jaymes Foster, is rather disappointed that Clay didn’t achieve quite what he set out to. It turns out, according to a source, that she gives Aiken $7500 a month in child support, and a Congressional salary and benefits package would have eased taht financial burden. Like the other donors, though, she’s just going to have to settle for a featured producer credit in his reality show.