By Blake Neff
A $2,700 per head fundraiser hosted by Chelsea Clinton Wednesday afternoon attracted so little interest that the Hillary Clinton campaign ended up selling the last of its 60 tickets for just $50.
Clinton stopped by a New York City location for SoulCycle, a popular indoor cycling exercise chain, for what seemed like a quick and easy fundraiser. For $2,700, guests were promised a photo with Chelsea and a chance to see her in a relatively closed environment with few people.
But it turns out the number of New Yorkers eager to shell out to attend a Chelsea Clinton cycling session is quite small. Several people snagged tickets to the event for just $50, an amount barely above the regular price for a single SoulCycle session, reported CNN.
Despite the event being marketed as “Come ride with Chelsea Clinton,” Clinton herself didn’t take part in the Soul Cycle session, instead departing through a back door after delivering a few remarks and taking questions from the small audience. That may not be a terribly surprising development, though. Clinton is several months pregnant and also had to attend another New York fundraising event later that day.
SpinCycle instructor Laurie Cole made up for Chelsea’s early departure by peppering the class with several statements in support of Hillary Clinton, CNN reported. The class’s music playlist also included “Fight Song” by Rachel Patten, a staple tune of the Clinton campaign, though it’s not clear the association was intentional.
Cole told another class later in the day that the fundraiser had raised $75,000 for Clinton, reported The Daily Mail. If that figure is accurate, it would represent only 28 full-price tickets.
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