WASHINGTON — The latest turn in the White House state dinner crashing saga offers a tour of a Washington social universe in which everyone is an entrepreneur, every party is for a good cause, every photo ends up online and knowing the right names can get you almost anywhere.
It's the world inhabited by both Michaele and Tareq Salahi, the Virginia couple made famous for slipping into a dinner without an invitation, and Carlos Allen, an enterprising party promoter now believed to have done the same.
A U.S. official confirmed Tuesday that Allen is the man described by the Secret Service as a third uninvited guest at the November gala for the Indian prime minister, the Obama White House's first state dinner. The official was not authorized to speak about the matter and asked not to be named.
Allen is a self-described meeting planner, Web magazine publisher and philanthropist, according to Web sites for his various business ventures. He runs a social club out of a Washington brownstone in a residential neighborhood and a Web magazine that tracks social events around town. His group of enterprises operates its own version of Facebook.
A Secret Service statement released Monday said Allen got into the party by tagging along with members of an Indian delegation being shepherded by the State Department. Allen is believed to have joined the group at a Washington hotel, been swept by security and then traveled to the White House.
Allen and his attorney, Scott Bolden, did not return calls. Bolden told the Washington Post Allen believed he was invited.