While Conservative INC. wants you to be outraged about putting an “Islamic Cultural Center” a few blocks away from the Ground Zero site, it doesn’t mind using the 9-11 event to raise money for itself.
Apparently Glenn Beck and Sarh Palin are going to headline a 9-11 remembrance event in Alaska this weekend. But this is not any ordinary vigil or memorial ceremony. In this case you have to pay to remember the fallen.
“Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck are appearing together in Anchorage, Alaska Saturday to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and tickets don’t come cheap: The Ticketmaster page for the event lists regular adult tickets at between $73 and $130 and tickets plus a “meet & greet” at $225.
The event will also have a “dry section” where no alcohol is served and a “wet section” for those who want to drink.
Palin heralded the event on her Facebook page last night with a message beginning, “Glenn’s coming to the Last Frontier!”
“I hope my fellow Alaskans (and anyone visiting from Outside) will join me this Saturday, September 11, 2010, at Anchorage’s Dena’ina Center at 8:00 p.m. Glenn Beck will be there – you won’t want to miss it,” she wrote.
Is this crew throwing a party on 9-11? Treating what should be a somber day like it was Labor Day or the Fourth of July? And why should it cost anything to attend a ceremony honoring the victims of 9-11? Is this a fundraiser? And if it’s a fundraiser, to whom is the money going to? Hmm?
The person throwing the event says this planned for an earlier date but said he didn’t want it to conflict with the Alaska State Fair. Well then, why not hold then on Sept. 18 or 25? And if has nothing to do with 9-11, why did Palin herself make this statement: “I can think of no better way to commemorate 9/11 than to gather with patriots who will ‘never forget.” Great, but why do people need to shell out $130 bucks to do so?
I have written about the money making/fundraising machine known as Conservative INC. and some of the more dubious ways they like to separate cash from people’s wallets here, here, and here. However, this latest scheme goes well beyond any boundaries of good taste. Yes, people are free to give money to whatever they choose, but the question, it seems to me, is why persons and organizations who receive so much from corporations for political organizing, book deals, lobbying, salaries, media appearances, and so forth should be asking for funds from cash-strapped Americans in the first place and then pay through the nose to fundraisers themselves in order to get the dough?