Wednesday, June 6, 2007

It's a bargain: Lunch with President Bush $500, photo $4,600

A picture is worth a thousand words -- or $4,600 if you want one with President Bush. That's the going rate for a photo at the $500-per-head lunch reception Bush will attend to raise money for Sen. Pat Roberts in Wichita on Friday, June 15.

That's an expensive photo, but when Dick Cheney came to Wichita in 2002, the Vice President drew $5,000 from folks who wanted a private meet and greet and photograph. The Hall Monitor dug a little more using Lexis-Nexis and found the Wichita event is a pretty fair price -- if not a bargain -- compared to other fundraisers.
The Prez drew $1,000 a plate and $10,000 per photo at a fundraiser at a Hilton in Milwaukee last July, according to The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
People paid $1,000 a lunch plate in Denver last year, too.
In Tennessee last year, Bush supporters paid $2,100 a plate to attend a fundraiser for Senate candidate Bob Corker, The Commercial Appeal reported.
Californians peeled off the same amount for a photo at an event near San Fransisco last year, The Contra Costa Times wrote. And, down in Phoenix, folks paid $500 for breakfast and $2,100 a photo during a cash-raising event for Rep. Rick Renzi, according to The Arizona Republic. We called the Roberts Victory Committee, which gets the cash, to see how they decided the going rate for a plate and a photo, but haven't heard back yet. The business attire lunch is near the Country Club in east Wichita at the home of Dave and Janet Murfin. Dave is the president of Murfin Drilling Company. No surprise, both Dave and Janet are registered Republicans who have voted in the last three elections. For more on the Bush visit, check out The Eagle's story. Here's a Kansas City Star story about the fundraiser. The photo above shows Roberts next to Bush, Sen. Sam Brownback and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius in Greensburg.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

IT'S "BARGAIN" NOT BARGIN

Anonymous said...

Lame. What's next? Is this couple going to turn their house into a national landmark because the Prez prob took a piss there?

Sprinklers said...

If I had the money... I would love to meet Bush! Right or wrong, he leads with his heart. I believe he is trying to do what is right for our country and our future. It is easy to sit safe and sound in our homes and second guess the actions of our leaders, but could we do any better? It's time to pull back together as a country and forget political differences. Just a thought... Jim T.

Anonymous said...

Bargain for who?

Anonymous said...

Why would you want to spend that kind of money to listen to a man who can barely say his own name? Yeah, I'll go talk to my baby nephew for free, thanks. No offense to Bush or anything--I just wouldn't feel like I was getting my money out of the whole deal.

Jeff said...

Bush is a whore, and the Republicans who pay to be seen with him are whoremongers. That makes Roberts a high-class pimp. Needless to say, millions of us have no respect for Bush whatsoever.

Jeff said...

Bush is a whore, and the Republicans who pay to be seen with him are whoremongers. That makes Roberts a high-class pimp. Needless to say, millions of us have no respect for Bush whatsoever.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't have lunch with Bush, even if it was free!