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White House Counsel Don McGahn Is Also an '80s Cover Band Rock Star

By Casey C. Sullivan, Esq. | Last updated on

Want to start a New Wave cover band, performing the greatest hits from Boy George and Flock of Seagulls? Have you always wanted to stick a neckerchief and sleeveless denim jacket and do your best "Born to Run," maybe backed by the F Street Band?

Go for it. Even when you're a millionaire, that cover-band cash could keep rolling in. That was one of the revelations in the White House financial disclosures released last week, which noted that White House counsel Don McGahn made $2.4 million at Jones Day last year, with a few grand on the side coming from the '80s cover band, Scott's New Band.

Everyone Needs a Hobby

McGahn might be better known for his work in campaign finance law, but he also regularly performs with the SNB, which calls itself "one of the Mid-Atlantic region's most exciting and flat-out FUN cover bands!"

SNB isn't just a passion project for McGahn either. The gig pays. (The band is available for weddings, funerals, VIP soirees, and Defender of the Motherland Day celebrations.) According to McGahn's financial disclosures, he took in $4,900 last year from a music booking firm, the AP reports.

Between working for the White House, the NRA, and the RNC, McGahn can apparently make time for the occasional show. SNB's website shows him strumming a Gibson Les Paul wearing ripped jeans, old sneakers, and a "mello yellow" t-shirt. And we thought Jones Day was a white shoe firm.

According to SNB's website, McGahn's "20 years of strumming, and a true appreciation of his craft, have honed Don's skills as sharp as a samurai's sword." When he starts performing "you'll swear it's Eddie, or Slash, or Richie, or Angus playing the riffs."

And no, this is not a belated April Fool's Joke. Both the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post have reported on McGahn's cover-band career -- on days that were not April 1st.

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