08/26/2012 03:20 pm ET | Updated Aug 26, 2012

Mitt Romney Campaign Denies Paying Journey $500,000 To Play At Event [UPDATED]

Mitt Romney's campaign has paid rock band Journey $500,000 to play at a private campaign event, TMZ reports.

A source tells the entertainment website that the campaign hired the group to play a 90-minute set at a Tampa, Fla. fundraising event on Thursday night. The Republican National Convention comes to a close that evening.

Romney's campaign did not immediately return a request for comment.

As the Tampa Bay Times reported, Journey is slated to perform at Liberty Plaza, a tented concert space. Kid Rock and Trace Adkins are also scheduled to perform at private events during the convention.

UPDATE (3:52 p.m. ET):

According to Buzzfeed, a Romney spokesperson denied the report, claiming that the campaign is not sponsoring the Thursday night performance.


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