One of the biggest bragging points the Republican party and Trump administration has been trying to pull off is that fundraising is going well for the party. However, at a fundraiser for a Denver, Colorado event, it was made pretty obvious fundraising wasn’t going as well as they’ve made out.
The Colorado Republican Party planned to have a fundraiser on Thursday located at the Denver Marriott Tech Center. If you wanted a chance to see Vice President Mike Pence speak, the cheapest you could get was a $275 ticket. However, Republicans found out not many people are willing to pay $275 to see the president talk from a crappy seat. The Denver Post reported:
‘The party announced the event weeks earlier but struggled to sell the tickets available. So now it’s lowering the cheapest ticket to $150, a 45 percent discount. A couple can attend with a two-for-one deal at the original $275 price.’
The Denver Post called it a “Groupon-like deal.” For the low, low price of $150, YOU could get to see the vice president. How come it’s easy to imagine people on the street corners trying to sell the tickets quickly? Of course, the Colorado Republican party won’t admit they were desperate. In fact, he tried to make out like the price was lowered because of the popular demand. Party Chairman Jeff Hays commented:
‘Due to popular demand, we have made more tickets available at a new lower price.’
That’s not how capitalism works. When you have a high demand, you, the seller, have an advantage. Republicans ought to know this basic lesson. Later, a party spokesperson gave a better explanation as to why the tickets weren’t selling – they were just too expensive.
‘We are hearing from a lot of people that they very much want to see the vice president but the tickets were too expensive. We couldn’t fill the large room at that ticket level.’
They originally planned to have 800 attendees; however, that number dropped to 400. The spokesperson added:
‘All Republicans want to see the vice president, and many Republicans can’t afford the $275 ticket.’
The most expensive ticket for the fundraiser was $10,000 and included “a VIP reception, premier seating and a photo opportunity with Pence.” For $10,000, Pence better be cutting someone’s meat for them while rubbing their thigh seductively.
The Trump campaign promised it would work for the middle class, the regular people. Expecting a regular person, a working-class family, to be able to drop $275 per ticket to see their god and savior Mike Pence is pretty unreasonable. However, in all the playing up to the big wallets they need, they have to remember they still have to answer to all those middle-class men and women who filed in behind Trump and gave them their undying support. A ticket price at $150 is still ridiculously high – considering it will basically get you in “open seating.” It will at least include dinner, though. Though that price is still high, they tried to say the price drop was an acknowledgment of the “grassroots” efforts of activists who wanted to attend.
‘We have opened up an additional general ticket level to allow more of our hardworking grassroots activists from the 2016 cycle to be able to attend. We believe they deserve the same opportunity to hear from our Vice President as the premiere seating we are offering.’
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