Thrifty GOP axes $18k Malkin gigby Palm Beach Post Staff | February 13th, 2009
Discovering that $250-a-plate tickets are a tough sell during a recession, the Palm Beach County Republican Party has scrubbed plans to have conservative columnist and blogger Michelle Malkin speak at the party’s Feb. 21 Lincoln Day fund-raising dinner.
Malkin’s fee would have been $18,000, said county GOP Chairman Sid Dinerstein. He said the cancellation will end up costing the local party about $2,000. A representative of Malkin’s booking agency didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail requesting comment.
Replacing Malkin as keynoter will be House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va., who was already planning to attend and have a minor speaking role. Cantor will speak for no fee, Dinerstein said.
The GOP sold 600 or more tickets at $250 a pop to each of its last few Lincoln Day dinners, which featured the likes of Fred Barnes, Ann Coulter and Alexander Haig as keynoters. So far the party has sold fewer than 200 tickets for this year’s dinner, but Dinerstein said he’s still hoping to top 300 sales.
He said the GOP is feeling the same donor pinch as other organizations.
“We’re a nonprofit like everybody else. We have some of the same issues,” Dinerstein said.