Compare and Contrast
Last night, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker attended a GOP fundraiser in Michigan. The “99% ” was there.
Police patrolled entrances to the San Marino Club to ensure the attendees could pass into the event where tickets started at $65.
From the “About” page on “the 99 Percent Spring”, who – with the UAW – organized the protest:
Our country is at a crossroads. We have a choice to make. Greater wealth for a few or opportunity for many. Tax breaks for the richest or a fair shot for the rest of usA government that can be bought by the highest bidder, or a democracy that is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people.
Back to the protest:
Outside the banquet hall, throngs of union protesters lined Big Beaver Road, chanting “we are the 99 percent.”
They held signs saying “Stop the Attacks” and “Recall Walker.”
Organized in part by the UAW, the protest is the opening round of a nonviolent campaign called the “99 Percent Spring” that seeks to fight against what protesters call corporate greed.
“I’m tired of … giving tax breaks to the rich,” said Steve Dawes, assistant director of UAW Region 1C. “The showing out here really shows that he’s not only in trouble in Wisconsin, he don’t have no friends here either
Well, no. The showing “here” really shows how organized the UAW is, and how much money they’re willing to throw at the opposition, since the protesters were all bussed-in.
Meanwhile, Obama will be in Detroit today. Tickets to his events are a tad higher than $65.
His Wednesday evening event at the Henry Ford costs invitees $5,000 to have dinner with the president and get a photo, $1,000 for a VIP rope line to shake his hand and $250 to attend the event where he’ll also make some remarks. About 600 are expected at the event
The second fundraiser is at the home of (very wealthy) Denise Illitch.
Obama will then head to home of Denise Ilitch and Jim Scalici, where tickets are upwards of $40,000 per person for a cocktail reception, formal photo and dinner, or $10,000 per person for a dinner and candid photo. The campaign expects 47 attendees.
This will bring the tally of Obama fundraisers to 8, for the month.