- Outside the mansion (Photo: Associated Press)
Last year, the D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project suffered a public relations implosion over the aired sexual obsessions of longtime executive director Rob Kampia. Kampia—who stood accused of layering office banter with discussions of "breast massage" and "boning," and vigorously pursuing inappropriate sexual relationships with subordinates—took a three month leave of absence from the marijuana reform organization in January of 2010 to pursue therapy. “I just think I’m hypersexualized,” Kampia explained at the time.
In the wake of Kampia's therapeutic benching, the organization canceled its annual fundraiser at the Playboy Mansion, citing reduced resources and obvious PR incongruities with the typical fete. "[T]he PR ramifications of holding the event right now are probably obvious," chief of staff Alison Green wrote in an e-mail to staff. "While MPP greatly appreciates and benefited from our association with Playboy over the past four years, in 2010 our VIP and major donor event calendar will showcase our flagship fundraiser at a new venue that will represent the diversity of MPP's supporters."
But it's a new year for MPP! Kampia is back, Green is out, and MPP's annual fundraiser is heading back to the mansion porn built:
"The party at the Playboy Mansion is the premier fundraising event for the Marijuana Policy Project," MPP says of the $600-$1,000 ticket affair, to be held again at the mansion this July. "The event will be an exclusive gathering of activist luminaries, marijuana-industry players, celebrity supporters, and major donors." So much for representing "the diversity of MPP's supporters"—like those employees, donors, and supporters who exited the organization after Kampia's behavior was aired last year. Nothing says "I have fully treated my 'hypersexual' condition" like bringing sexy bunny rabbit costumes to the office fundraiser.