|But anyone buying a coupon from Goodtwo.com will get into his fund-raiser for $25, if 100 people sign up at the site.|
GOP’s Winslow uses online coupon to promote fund-raiser
Not many people go bargain-hunting for political fund-raisers. The chicken dinners just are not that good.
But Daniel B. Winslow is about to change all that. The Republican state representative known for drumming up novel and attention-grabbing proposals now has the go-ahead to use Groupon for a campaign fund-raiser he is hosting in September.
In what appears to be a first-of-its-kind ruling for Massachusetts and perhaps for the nation, the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance said Monday that the popular online discounter may be used for political fund-raisers without violating state campaign laws.
Winslow, who requested the ruling, said he now plans to use Boston-based Goodtwo.com, instead of Chicago-based Groupon, for his young professionals mixer Sept. 20 at Battery Park Bar & Lounge in the Financial District. Goodtwo.com, which launched in December, is competing with Groupon and is geared toward helping nonprofits raise money.
Tickets for the fund-raiser will sell for $100 at the door, Winslow said. But anyone buying a coupon from Goodtwo.com will get into the big event for $25 if 100 people sign up for the deal at Goodtwo.
Winslow, who is promising live music, an open bar, and “a few celebrity guests’’ at the fund-raiser, hopes that the online bargains will draw twenty-somethings and young professionals to his event.
“You have to be innovative to be a Republican in Massachusetts, just to keep up,’’ said Winslow, a former judge and former chief counsel to Governor Mitt Romney. Winslow currently serves as a lawyer for Senator Scott Brown’s campaign committee.
“It’s important to use social media to connect people,’’ he said, “and we’ve only scratched the surface.’’