Fees, Infighting, Capsize More Tea Party Events
After I wrote my story this morning on the National Tea Party Convention and the troubles the movement’s been having as it moves into the political big time, I received more reports of troubled Tea Party events. According to Big Chief Entertainment, LLC, some conservative donors wanted to put together their own event in Louisiana on Feb. 4, around the same time as the convention in Nashville.
“My company was contacted in November by a group in Louisiana that wanted us to produce a Palin and also Beck show in the Cajundome in Lafayette, La.,” said Bob Vernon of Big Chief Entertainment. “We had it on hold and the seating layout was for 12,000 people. $100 a head on the floor and $50 a head in the bleachers. We busted our butts to get it all done for them. When it came down to time for them to pay Palin’s $100,000 fee, they backed out and told us there wasn’t enough profit in the venture for them. I thought they were kidding … they would have pulled in around $500,000 NET for the one evening event.”
Vernon was still bitter about the experience. “The best part was these idiots that had the money to invest were filthy, repeat, FILTHY rich conservatives in South Louisiana who claimed at the start they didn’t care if they made any money or not they just wanted the citizens down there to hear the ‘conservative message.’”
Another event, a National Conservative Symposium that would have been held in San Antonio on Jan 22-24, has collapsed for more specific financial reasons. From their Website:
Due to circumstances beyond the control of Tea Party Support, we were forced to cancel the National Conservative Symposium. Our former event planner, Jennifer Ramirez-Jasiczek, diverted ticket sales to her Paypal account. We have contacted Paypal and they will be refunding those of you that were affected by this. If your receipt shows payment to email@example.com or ANY other address with the regalaffair.com domain or A Regal Affair please contact Paypal and file a dispute.