Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Palin coming to Missoula, but at what cost?

Posted By on Tue, Mar 9, 2010 at 8:45 PM

Missoulian reporter Keila Szpaller scored the scoop on Sarah Palin's scheduled September visit to the Garden City. The former VP candidate and Alaska governor, and current Fox analyst and best-selling author will speak at a Teen Challenge Montana fundraiser at the Hilton Garden Inn. Tickets to the event cost $100 and 1,600 spots are available, which would generate $160,000 in ticket sales. Teen Challenge's Jan Henderson says the group hopes to raise $50,000 from Palin's appearance.

That jibes with Palin's reported speaking fee means the group will lose money, if published reports of her fee are accurate. Politico says Iowa Republicans balked at Palin's $100,000 price late last year. Newsweek tossed water on the Politico report, not disputing the fee but clarifying that Palin demand a fee for what amounted to a campaign event.

In January, Politico again reported the $100,000 fee, but added that it dips to $75,000 for appearances in the West. Fox News confirmed the numbers, but added she donates the money to "campaigns, candidates and issues."

So, how much will Palin receive for coming to Missoula? When Szpaller asked about Palin's speaking fee, Henderson said it was "confidential."

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