Palin Getting Up to $100K for Tea Party Speech

'That's a lot of damned tea,' says one irked blogger
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2010 4:07 PM CST
In this Dec. 3, 2009, file photo, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin signs a copy of "Going Rogue" during a book signing event at a Sam's Club in Fayetteville, Ark.   (AP Photo/Beth Hall, File)

(Newser) – Sarah Palin may be the most important public figure to the burgeoning tea party movement, but she's apparently not about to cut them a deal—the former Alaska governor is expected to receive between $75,000 and $100,000 to speak at the movement's first convention next month, reports Politico. As a result, tickets to the three-day event are a hefty $560, though those willing to miss Michele Bachmann and Marsha Blackburn can see Palin exclusively for just $349.

The hefty ticket price has irked some tea party organizers, who say Palin's fees have put tickets out of reach for the movement's base. “She thinks she’s coming to endorse the tea party movement, but most tea party people won’t be there because they can’t afford it,” says Anthony Shreeve, an organizer who quit the convention's steering committee. “The tea party movement is a grass-roots movement; it’s not a business."

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