You may remember Governor Cuomo got in some hot water late this summer when Jon Bon Jovi played at a tony campaign fundraiser in the Hamptons. There was speculation that Bon Jovi's appearance for the governor cost New York State fairgoers a chance to see the rocker perform.
Now Governor Cuomo is reaching deeper into the aging rock and roll star vault. He has invited Billy Joel to play at his December 3rd campaign birthday bash at the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan.
Campaign contributors can enter a lottery for a chance to win one of five tickets to see Joel perform. $5 gets one lottery ticket. $50 gets you ten.
Other major donors will skip the lottery process by making substantial contributions to the Cuomo campaign fund. The fine print of the political invitation spells out specific annual limits. Individuals must limit total contributions to Andrew Cuomo 2014 to $60,800. The corporate limit is $5,000.
The New York Daily News reports the top ticket to the 56th birthday celebration is $50,000.
The governor is up for reelection to a second term next fall.