Dem donor irked by Nordic dinner invite

Democratic donor and LiveNation CEO Michael Rapino briefly stopped donating to the party because he wasn’t invited to the White House’s state dinner with Canada, according to Democratic National Committee emails published Friday by Wikileaks.

Rapino, a Canadian citizen, was miffed that he wasn’t invited to the celebration for Canada. And he didn’t see an invitation to a Nordic dinner at the White House as being much of a makeup.


“Cannot attend this one – nor widely motivated to fly in for Nordic state dinner,” he wrote in a May 10 email to Hollywood fundraiser Lindsay Rachelefsky.

In the email, Rapino said he had indicated he was done with the Democratic Party because they should have invited him to the Canadian dinner.

“But I know they are trying to make it up to me — I assume Jeffrey Katz called Valerie who emailed me last week — bc I would not donate to his party said I was done with demo party bc they should have invited me to the Canadian state dinner given I am Canadian,” he wrote.

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The chain in the Wikileaks dump begins with Rachelefsky asking Rapino why he has not responded to an invitation to the Nordic dinner on May 13. 

Rachelefsky offers some sympathy to Rapino.

“I don't get information unfortunately on how they make their decisions,” she writes.  “And...I get why flying to DC to eat herring probably isn't super motivating.”

She also forwards the email chain to DNC National Finance Director Jordan Kaplan with the note, “I would love for him to tell Valerie off.”

Rapino declined to comment on the email.

“Thanks, but not much to comment on — other than I am Canadian,” he said via email. 

Rapino has given $177,120 to Democratic candidates, party committees and presidential campaigns since he began giving at the federal level in 2005, according to the Federal Election Commission. 

His biggest donations — totaling $72,600 — went to the Obama Victory Fund during the 2012 presidential race.