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Thrifty GOP axes $18k Malkin gig

by 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.

3 Responses to “Thrifty GOP axes $18k Malkin gig”

  1. Fish Says:

    We all have to be smart with our money.
    I like seeing Sid and the GOP setting a good example.

  2. GOP Taxpayer Says:

    The democrats just use taxpayers money to pay for their events.
    Money is no object when it’s not your own.
    Did the media notice that it took a republicans wife to offer a home to Henrietta Hughes after seeing her on TV at the Obama rally in Ft. Myers?
    There were over 2000 democrats in attendence seeking government handouts, yet not a single one offered her a place to stay.
    Democrats love being generous, as long as it’s with other peoples money.
    Obama offered her a business card of a government bureaucrat. How pathetic.

  3. Noneya Biz Says:

    Hey GOP Taxpayer…
    I guess you don’t know that the 2 biggest philanthropists in the country are Warren Buffet and Bill Gates… both Democrats.
    It is no wonder you vote for the criminals. You obviously don’t know your A$$ from a hole in the ground!

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