According to a report by The Washington Beacon, Katy Perry was paid $70,000 by Hillary Clinton‘s campaign for unspecified reasons. Perry was one of the first top-tier celebrities to come out in support of the Democratic frontrunner.
The Beacon notes that “Perry endorsed Clinton in October. Two months later, the Hillary for America campaign reported paying Perry’s company, Kitty Purry Inc., about $70,000 for ‘event production.’”
Even before the reports began to emerge, the sincerity of Perry’s endorsement was being doubted. In a Twitter rant which has since been deleted, pop singer Ryn Weaver accused Katy Perry of allowing her Clinton endorsement to be bought.
“LOLOLOL SORRY NOT SORRY OLEASE OPEN UR EYES.. THIS TWEET IS IGNORANT IF NOT FUNDED BYE,” Weaver wrote in one of the now-deleted tweets, which linked to a video titled “Hillary Clinton Lying for 13 Minutes Straight.”
“No offense @katyperry but considering how much of a bully you were to me… I hope u don’t mind my mindful disagreement w ur $$ endorsement,” she added.
From The Week:
While it isn’t clear what specifically Perry was paid for by the campaign, the singer did headline Clinton events, including an Iowa rally, in October. Perry is performing with Elton John at a concert for campaign donors in March.
Clinton’s campaign is not the first to have paid Perry for her services; the singer was paid more than $128,000 by Barack Obama when he was seeking re-election.