Some of Silicon Valley’s biggest and most influential tech companies are courting Washington insiders — besides the official lobbying — this week by hosting events surrounding the 100th anniversary of the White House Correspondents’ Association and the organization’s annual dinner roast to be held Saturday.
According to a report in Politico, Facebook, a first-time host around the correspondents’ dinner, will partner with BuzzFeed for a cocktail event. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, a top fundraiser for President Barack Obama, has several events planned.
Google and Netflix will hold an event on Friday at the Institute of Peace, followed by another event on Saturday to promote Google’s YouTube. Guests will enjoy a half-day master class at a Georgetown loft where they can “learn the latest beauty tips and get a blowout or manicure,” according to the invitation.
Microsoft, Yelp and others also will host a party Friday night at the Carnegie Library.
And Facebook is hosting a party at the Jack Rose bar near the Washington Hilton, where the dinner will be held.
Before Saturday’s banquet, Yahoo and ABC will hold a reception at the Hilton. Then, during dinner, Mayer is expected to preside over six tables reserved for the company, where Mayer is expected to host Attorney General Eric Holder among other D.C. VIPs.
On Sunday, Yahoo also will host its annual brunch along with Tumblr, which Mayer bought in 2013.
Twitter is teaming up with The Washington Post — which Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos bought last year — on a tool for Washington bigwigs to take and share “selfies.”
And Microsoft is partnering with the Motion Picture Association of America on Friday for a conference where Vice President Joe Biden will speak.
The annual correspondents’ dinner is one of D.C.’s biggest social and media events of the year.
In 2011, then-host Seth Meyers famously made jokes about Osama Bin Laden, only to learn days later with the rest of the world that one of the main targets of Meyers’ jokes — President Obama — had secretly been planning the successful raid on Bin Laden’s Pakistani compound.
This year’s event will be hosted by actor and comedian Joel McHale, one of the stars of the television show “Community.”
Proceeds from the event go toward scholarships for aspiring journalists and awards recognizing excellence in journalism.
Photo of the U.S. Capitol building by the Associated Press