Born to Play Congressional Fundraisers



Does Thunder Road lead to Capitol Hill?
  • Does Thunder Road lead to Capitol Hill?

I’ve been annoying Bruce Springsteen fans for years by insisting that he’s never had a working-class audience but rather one consisting of stockbrokers, lawyers, dentists, and other professionals living out their blue-collar fantasies through him.

A Washington Post article called “Nearly two dozen congressional fundraisers held at D.C. Springsteen shows last year” kind of proves the point.

Apparently, Springsteen’s D.C.-area shows have become the hottest ticket around for high-dollar congressional fundraisers.

While listening to Brooooooooce regale the crowd with his mournful tales of shuttered steel mills and the shattered lives of the unemployed, congressmen were schmoozing with donors and lobbyists in boxes often rented from special-interest groups and corporations.

One can only hope the lawmakers took a minute from listening to the pitches of these groups to pay attention to what Springsteen is singing about. —Anastasia Pantsios

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.