Pink Visual President Honored by Newt Gingrich?

Sep 11, 2009 11:00 AM PST
VAN NUYS, Calif. — In a truly unexpected move, the Washington, D.C.-based political-action committee American Solutions for Winning the Future(ASWF) named Allison Vivas, president of the adult entertainment studio Pink Visual, recipient of its Entrepreneur of the Year award for 2009 — and then rescinded that award.

The organization, which is headed by noted conservative politician Newt Gingrich, notified Vivas of the honor via fax on Wednesday.

"I'm honored, and more than a little surprised, to receive this prestigious award," Vivas said. "It never occurred to me that Newt Gingrich, one of the principal architects of the conservative Contract With America in the 1990s, would be willing to brave criticism from the far right of his party in order to recognize good work done on the part of an adult entertainment professional."

According to the notice from ASWF, should Vivas attend a private dinner being held on Oct. 7 at the historic Capitol Hill Club in Washington, she will "dine privately with Newt," who will then take the occasion to present Vivas with her "well deserved award" and pose for a photo with her.

The notice from ASWF also informed Vivas that Gingrich is "looking forward to finally meeting you (Vivas) face to face — and get your thoughts on Cap and Trade and Obama's Tax Policy."

In addition to a certificate recognizing her as Entrepreneur of the Year, ASWF stated that Gingrich would present Vivas with a replica of the "gavel that changed America," whether she attended the dinner or not.

Sadly, it was all too good to be true; as a follow up phone call to Vivas from a representative of American Solutions for Winning the Future informed her that there had been a mistake and that the fax was "inadvertently sent to her."

"We have notified Allison Vivas that the notice she received was sent by mistake," Dan Kotman, press secretary for American Solutions, told XBIZ. "We regret the error."

According to Vivas, she would have attended the event and taken the opportunity to inform Gingrich of some of the major challenges facing the adult entertainment industry in the current market, including obscenity prosecutions and content piracy.

"While we're disappointed to learn that this was apparently a mistake on the part of American Solutions for Winning the Future and/or the Business Defense Advisory Council, my sense is that the real mistake was not an 'inadvertant' fax, but a poorly targeted marketing campaign," Pink Visual Marketing Coordinator Q Boyer told XBIZ. "It may also have been a violation of laws against sending unsolicited faxes. It's possible that legal concern may have prompted the phone call as much as public relations damage control."

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