Update: Palin $100k To Speak At Tea Party Event?
Update: Based upon some forwarded communications, it would appear there was some dissension in this group running the convention and also that Palin is being paid $100k to speak. Obviously, that'sa number and an issue for Palin to resolve, assuming she wishes to. She may opt to not say anything at all. I have no way of knowing and haven't reached back out to any contacts I may have that could speak to it.
This doesn't change my belief that Palin and the grassroots Tea Party efforts are forces for good both now and hopefully in the future. But anytime professional politics gets involved with a genuine grassroots movement, I believe it's a good idea to understand just what's going on and who's pulling the strings. I'm not happy with some things I've seen with the so-called convention, as I've posted before. I suggested back in November that this very thing might alienate her from part of the base.
Some may mind it, some may not. Only time will tell the whole tale. (end update)
I'm hearing through sources Sarah Palin is getting $75k to speak at this Tea Party convention. Can anyone confirm that officially? That's a lot of damned tea. The only acceptable rationale is this is not a grassroots event, as she claimed she wouldn't charge to speak at one of those. Has she ever done that?
I saw via the site they are asking local groups to pony up 10 or 20 bucks an individual to send in their "best" representative. It'll cost them well over a grand altogether with hotel and such, more in many cases unless they drive.
Like I said, probably just another day in American politics.