Conservative nonprofit outraged Obama volunteer taught striptease

By David Edwards
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 15:00 EDT
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Stacii Jae Johnson ("I Want To Strip For My Man")
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A conservative nonprofit website on Wednesday revealed the “breaking” news that one of President Barack Obama’s volunteer fundraisers made a 2004 video about exotic dancing — with her clothes on.

A report by The Washington Free Beacon, a project of the 501(c)4 Center for American Freedom, uncovered that Stacii Jae Johnson made a 2004 instructional film titled “I Want To Strip For My Man.” While the website calls Johnson a “major Obama campaign fundraiser,” the amount she raised was less than $100,000, putting her in the lowest grouping of first quarter volunteer bundlers.

“The DVD invites female viewers to ‘slip into something sexy, strap on the 6 inch stiletto heels, pop it in the player, and prepare to journey into your bodies,’” the Free Beacon’s Andrew Stiles writes. “These self-described ‘sexual revolutionaries’ provide expert instruction on “signature exotic moves” such as the ‘fold over,’ the ‘crawl,’ the ‘spread eagle,’ and the ‘booty clap.’”

“It is unclear whether the Obama campaign was aware of the existence of ‘I Want To Strip For My Man’ before accepting donations raised by Johnson,” Stiles adds.

He also notes that Johnson has appeared in a “star-studded urban satire” of the “The Blair Witch Project” and links her to African-American celebrities like Tyler Perry and B.Smith, Chris Tucker and Hank Aaron.

Of the nine reviews on Amazon of her instructional video, only one was negative because the film “has NO stripping in it!” Overall, the DVD received four out of five stars.

The Huffington Post’s Jason Linkins concluded that “Stiles is of the mind that what Johnson has done with her life in this instance is wrong or immoral somehow, and that this in some way taints the Obama campaign. ”

“It’s so obviously Pecksniffy about downmarket ‘urban’ cinema, pro-sex women in general and this particular woman’s aspiration to be involved in the civic life of her community, but it refuses to actually get up the guts to just come out and say so,” Linkins observed. “But seriously, just own it, Free Beacon.”

Watch this video clip from “”I Want To Strip For My Man” via The Washington Free Beacon, uploaded May 23, 2012.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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