There is a kerfluffle.
I got an email Wednesday from the Chet Edwards campaign .
Van Taylor Draws “Fewer than 100” at Event with VP
brings Cheney to TX-17; gets only 25% of the turnout
2004 GOP nominee had at same event before losing to Edwards
WACO – Van Taylor, the GOP nominee in Texas’ 17th Congressional District, held a fundraiser with Vice President Dick Cheney Monday that was notable for its low attendance and questionable fundraising success. Despite bringing in one of the GOP’s top fundraisers, Taylor attracted “fewer than 100” supporters and refused to say how much money he raised, according to media reports.
Taylor’s campaign fell far
short of the modest standard set by 2004 GOP nominee Arlene Wohlgemuth
when she held an event with Cheney, despite the fact that the ticket
price for the Taylor event was only $150, while the Wohlgemuth campaign
charged $200. In her unsuccessful race against Rep. Chet Edwards,
Wohlgemuth drew 400 supporters for her event with Cheney and raised
$300,000. Wohlgemuth then went on to lose Waco and McLennan County
decisively, garnering just 35% of the vote in the largest county in
the district – a fact that does not bode well for the Taylor campaign.
I decided the journalist thing to do was contact the Van Taylor campaign for their side of the story. Campaign manager Casey Phillips says they didn't even have enough room for the people that showed up. He also pointed out that Arlene's event was a rally and this was an inside-the-ballroom type fundraiser. "Chet's campaign is grasping" at straws, he said.
If I remember correctly, tickets were $150 to $2,100 apiece. With an estimated 150 paid tickets, I would guess the Taylor camp grossed between $22,500 and $315,000. Which would not be bad at all, though I'm guessing closer to the low end of that scale.
It's usually not my place to get into a kerfluffle, and this is no different. I do have to wonder how much was raised and how much was net profit since Dick Cheney has such a long rider.
(Ed. note: I could have linked to this older, but much funnier story. You so owe me for being mature)