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Gayle in MD
03-26-2010, 07:32 AM
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Tea Party Convention Organizer Sued Over ‘Rock Star’ Palin’s Speaker’s Fee
3/24/10
Sarah Palin speaking at the convention.


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The Tea Party Convention is over. But the war it started is apparently just getting under way. Yesterday, Bill Hemrick, a conservative fund-raiser and the founder of the Upper Deck baseball trading-card company, sued the for-profit convention’s organizer, Judson Phillips, in Williamson County Circuit Court in Tennessee, in a dispute over Sarah Palin’s speaking fee. When Palin agreed to deliver the keynote address at the convention, it put the event in the news. And it was Hemrick, all agree, who provided the $50,000 down payment for Palin’s $100,000 speaking fee. In the suit, Hemrick claims that Phillips had agreed that, in return for helping to close the deal with Palin, Phillips would assist Hemrick with his National Fiscal Conservative Political Action Committee. But after taking the money, Phillips didn’t live up to his part of the deal, and even barred Hemrick from attending the event at all. Hemrick is seeking a minimum of $500,000 in damages and asserts that Phillips defamed him by badmouthing him after their falling-out over Palin.

In the run-up to the convention, as its for-profit status and Palin’s fee (she’s since said she’s donating it to charity) attracted unwelcome attention, Phillips claimed that Hemrick was the mercenary; he said he barred Hemrick from the convention because Hemrick had planned to pitch Palin on a business opportunity he needed help with. But others tell a different story. According to Anthony Shreeve, a tea-party activist who had been involved in the early planning of the Nashville convention, and who also fell out with Phillips, Hemrick was instrumental in getting Palin to agree to be the keynote speaker. Phillips and his wife, who conceived of the convention, didn’t have the funds to cover Palin’s speaking agreement, so they turned to Hemrick, who donates frequently to Republican causes.

Hemrick interceded with the Speakers Bureau, which represents Palin in her speaking engagements. “The Speaker’s Bureau said, 'We don’t know who Judson Phillips is,'” recalled Shreeve. “So Bill sent in his résumé.” Palin’s contract, according to Shreeve, who had a look at it, called for her to be paid $100,000 for the event. It also included $18,000 for private jet travel for her and her entourage. Shreeve told me Palin's contract — standard among political stars who make the speaking-circuit rounds — specified what type of private jet she requested for the trip to Nashville. “It was like, she had to have this or that size plane,” Shreeve recalls. “It was like when a rock star comes to town, the contract was that detailed.”

When reached for comment, Hemrick declined to speak about the lawsuit over Palin's appearance in Nashville. Phillips was traveling and couldn’t be reached for comment. Shreeve, who also fell out with Phillips, told me he was angered that the event turned into a business. “That was never the deal,” Shreeve says. “The tea-party movement are middle-class people. Most of them are. You may have a few upper-class people, but this event didn’t reflect what the true meaning of the tea-party movement is.”



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LMAO. WOW. For a bunch of lawyer hating anti law suit callimers, the Republicans sure have a whole lot of sueing going on....

Well, come along my baby, whole lotta suein' goin' on....
Well I say come along my baby, we got sueing' in the barn, who's barn? My barn!

We ain't fakin' whole lotta suein' goin' on.... /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif

pooltchr
03-26-2010, 08:09 AM
A whole lot about nothing. Palin charged a fee to appear. They didn't have to pay it if they didn't want to.

Steve

Deeman3
03-26-2010, 08:19 AM
At least her expensive and over the top flight plans don't cost the taxpayers like Pelosi's do. I bet if you made a comparison of the scores Nancy takes every where she goes, Palins would be small.

Of course, the difference is we don't have a choice in providing for the House Speaker's extravagance, it's all on us.

Gayle in MD
03-26-2010, 08:25 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Deeman3</div><div class="ubbcode-body">At least her expensive and over the top flight plans don't cost the taxpayers like Pelosi's do. <span style="color: #000066">Tea Party People aren't tax payers????? </span> I bet if you made a comparison of the scores Nancy takes every where she goes, Palins would be small.

<span style="color: #000066">And I'll bet you didn't read the whole artical. </span> /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif

Of course, the difference is we don't have a choice in providing for the House Speaker's extravagance, it's all on us. </div></div>



Awe, Deeman, Deeman, that story about Pelosi has already been proven untrue:

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Updated: March 23, 2009
Q: Did Nancy Pelosi order up a 200-seat jet for her personal use?
Is it true that Nancy Pelosi travels from California three times a week on a private jet (200-seat size) at a cost to the taxpayers of $60K per flight? If so, this would total $480K per month or $5.7M per year. This comes from taxpayer money? If true, how can we criticize others? Is this a good use of taxpayers' hard-earned money and what about the carbon footprint?
A: The Democratic House speaker normally flies in a 12-seat Air Force jet, just as her Republican predecessor did. This rumor stems from a request by the House sergeant at arms, not Pelosi, for a jet large enough to reach California without refueling.

Reports like this one, saying Pelosi routinely flies about in her own 757-size jet, have been floating around for almost two years. The claims were revived when Democrats complained that CEOs of the Big Three U.S. automakers had used their corporate jets to come to Washington to seek billions in federal aid. But the rumors are incorrect. Spokespeople for Pelosi and Andrews Air Force Base say that the speaker has used the big Air Force jet once, but she normally uses a much smaller plane, the same one used by the previous speaker of the House, Republican Dennis Hastert.

The spread of this rumor – and its first debunking – dates back to February 2007. At that time, the speaker of the House had had access to an Air Force craft for about five and a half years. Hastert had been issued a plane after Sept. 11, 2001, for security reasons (the speaker of the House is next in line after the vice president for presidential succession). Hastert used an Air Force C-20B, a small 12-seater based on the Gulfstream III, to travel to his home district in Illinois. (Ford and GM auto executives, incidentally, travel in the slightly larger Gulfstream IV.)

When Pelosi became speaker, House Sergeant at Arms Bill Livingood, according to his own account, worried that the small craft would be unable to travel to her home district of San Francisco without stopping to refuel. Livingood, who was first elected by a Newt Gingrich-led House in 1995, asked the Air Force and the Department of Defense about getting a bigger plane. He also requested clarifications of other rules regarding the aircraft – for instance, whether family members would be allowed to accompany Pelosi on her flights.

According to ABC News' Jake Tapper, Capt. Herb McConnell of the Air Force said that the C-20B is sometimes able to make cross-country flights without refueling, but that it depends on headwinds. The much larger C-32, a military version of a Boeing 757 that's usually used by the vice president and the first lady, is easily able to make a nonstop flight across the country. But it's also on the lavish side. It's not quite a 200-seater, but it does include 50 business-class seats and a full stateroom with a private lavatory and entertainment system.

We've seen no evidence, however, that Livingood specifically requested for Pelosi to have access to the C-32, which is the largest plane available at the 89th Airlift wing at Andrews Air Force Base. According to his statement, he requested a plane that was able to fly cross-country. Pelosi spokespeople at the time said that the speaker would be happy to use a smaller plane that could make a nonstop cross-country flight.

The Pentagon responded to this request by saying that it would make "every effort ... to provide non-stop shuttle support," but that Pelosi's aircraft access would depend on availability. Officials also clarified that Pelosi's family members and other members of Congress could fly with her, but they would have to reimburse the government for their flights and food, paying the price of a coach ticket on a commercial airline. Pelosi would have to submit a written request for her family or other Congress members to accompany her on flights.

The Pentagon response stoked rumors that Pelosi had requested access to a posh personal craft for herself and anyone she wanted to bring along. Tapper traces the rumor back to House Minority Whip Roy Blunt, who called the C-32 "a flying Lincoln bedroom." That's not a wholly inaccurate assessment of the plane (there's even a pull-out bed!), but Blunt implied that Pelosi had expressly requested such extravagance. White House spokesman Tony Snow called this a "silly story," breaking with congressional Republicans who objected to Pelosi's supposedly over-the-top request. At a press briefing, Snow reiterated that the conversations about plane travel were perfectly routine:

Snow, Feb. 7, 2007: After September 11th, the Department of Defense – with the consent of the White House – agreed that the Speaker of the House should have military transport. And so what is going on is that the Department of Defense is going through its rules and regulations and having conversations with the Speaker about it. So Speaker Hastert had access to military aircraft and Speaker Pelosi will, too.

Pelosi spokesman Brendan Daly told FactCheck.org that the speaker does have access to military air travel. When she flies to her home district, she uses whatever Air Force craft is available. Daly told us that "they try to do a nonstop flight." But the plane Pelosi uses most often is the C-20B, and she has occasionally used even smaller planes. According to Daly, Pelosi once used the C-32 when no other planes were available, but she also has had to stop for refueling on at least one trip on a smaller aircraft. Pelosi's family has traveled with her a few times, but they had to reimburse the government for the cost of their tickets, as stipulated in the Pentagon's letter. Congress members who are traveling to California sometimes do the same. Pelosi only uses the jet to travel between Washington, D.C., and San Francisco on official business. For any other trip, she and her family use commercial airlines.

Update, December 22: After this story was posted, we received word from Eric Sharman, deputy chief of public affairs at Andrews Air Force Base, confirming what Pelosi's spokesman told us about her aircraft use. Sharman said that Pelosi has in the past used the C-20B and the slightly larger C-37A, depending on availability, and that these may or may not be able to make a nonstop cross-country flight depending on conditions. He confirms that Pelosi has used the C-32 once and only once, when no other planes were available.

Update, March 23: The Web site Judicial Watch has made public e-mails to and from the Department of Defense regarding Pelosi's travel requests. The conservative organization claims the e-mails show that Pelosi has made “unreasonable requests for military travel.” These e-mails, however, back up what we were told by Pelosi's staff and by the Air Force, i.e., that Pelosi did not usually travel on the C-32 and that any family members or other members of Congress she brought with her on flights to her home district were asked to reimburse the cost of a coach ticket. The messages are about smaller planes, not the 757-size jet. Also, most of the e-mails are not about shuttles to and from Pelosi's home district at all, but are about congressional delegations to other states and countries. Pelosi's office oversees transportation for these trips for all members of the House, not just the speaker. For a little more detail on the Judicial Watch-released e-mails, see our post on the FactCheck Wire, "Plane False."
Also, we originally said the C-32 seats 50. But an Air Force fact sheet, while showing that it has 50 seats, says that it seats 45. We are resolving this contradiction in favor of the lower number.

- Jess Henig


Sources
Tapper, Jake. "Pentagon Rejects Speaker Pelosi's Request for Military Aircraft." ABC News. 7 Feb. 2007.

Epstein, Edward. "Pelosi, Snow slam critics: 'Silly story.'" San Francisco Chronicle. 8 Feb. 2007.

White House press briefings. "Press Briefing by Tony Snow." 7 Feb. 2007.

CNN. "House security chief: Pelosi didn't ask for plane; I did." 9 Feb. 2007.

Washington Post. "Pelosi Catches Nonstop Flights Home." 6 Feb. 2007.

Greenwood, Tom. "Auto executives travel to D.C. by car, but is it cheaper?" Detroit News. 4 Dec. 2008.

Incantalupo, Tom. "Auto execs hope to drive home a point." Newsday. 25 Nov. 2008.



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Qtec
03-26-2010, 09:56 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Deeman3</div><div class="ubbcode-body">At least her expensive and over the top flight plans don't cost the taxpayers like Pelosi's do. I bet if you made a comparison of the scores Nancy takes every where she goes, Palins would be small.

Of course, the difference is we don't have a choice in providing for the House Speaker's extravagance, it's all on us. </div></div>

I agree. Why can't she just hitch a ride like GW used to do.

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> ABOARD USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CNN) -- President Bush made a landing aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln Thursday, arriving in the co-pilot's seat of a Navy S-3B Viking after making two fly-bys of the carrier. </div></div>

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Deeman3
03-26-2010, 10:17 AM
Q,

I never said anything about a 747 verses a 45 or 6 passenger jet. I was more referring to the hordes she took to Copenhagen for a trip that produced no results, was basically a sightseeing trip for members of congress, backfilled with several hundred limos having to be flown in for the summit on environmental savings!

Now, you can probably find a Huffington Post article saying she actually only went on her own and used a rowboat to get there. There is a reason she has 9% favorable polls and it is not because Fox News treated her unfairly.

If the teapartiers want to pay her to speak, why is that an issue? At least she is not doing it on the public dole. I know, I know, you have an article saying she is on welfare from Moveon. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif Get over her. the more you guys call her out on stupid stuff, the more she makes in speaking fees.

She has a right, despite the feeling on the left that she should not, to speak and people have the right to pay her to do so. You certinaly don't cry when Clinton gets big bucks for speaking, do you?

Gayle in MD
03-26-2010, 10:49 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Deeman3</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Q,

I never said anything about a 747 verses a 45 or 6 passenger jet. I was more referring to the hordes she took to Copenhagen for a trip that produced no results, was basically a sightseeing trip for members of congress, backfilled with several hundred limos having to be flown in for the summit on environmental savings!

Now, you can probably find a Huffington Post article saying she actually only went on her own and used a rowboat to get there. There is a reason she has 9% favorable polls and it is not because Fox News treated her unfairly.

If the teapartiers want to pay her to speak, why is that an issue? At least she is not doing it on the public dole. I know, I know, you have an article saying she is on welfare from Moveon. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif Get over her. the more you guys call her out on stupid stuff, the more she makes in speaking fees.

She has a right, despite the feeling on the left that she should not, to speak and people have the right to pay her to do so. You certinaly don't cry when Clinton gets big bucks for speaking, do you?

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You think she resigned, went on a book tour, is presently vying for more money for a reality show, and it's all because she is so dedicated to working for America, like she said when she resigned?

LMAO! Gimme a break! The woman is nothing but the most exploitative, money hungry person in the country.

They wrote that she went to the Academy Awards, but no one wanted anything to do with her. Guess she thought she was such a star, someone was going to invite her in. Didn't happen, /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif but her entourage did crash into a pre Oscur gift party, and raided it like vulchers.

BTW, I didn't give you a Huffington post article...www.Factcheck,org, not that there is anything wrong with Huffingtonpost....

As for your comments about Nancy....She's only the greatest Speaker of the house on record....and yes, men don't like powerful women...and there is also no proof in your post about your accusation of her during the trip.....and the limos, etc., but given that GBW flew home to Texas nearly every damn weekend, and we didn't hear a peep from you about it, what's your gripe with Nancy Pelosi, except for the fact that she gets the job done, and amazes even hard liners who predict she can't do it, but she proves them wrong everytime!???? /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif


I'd like to know the bottom line cost thus far for the Bush Dynasty. This country could probably buy three European countries and Dubei, for what they have cost us in their failed economic policies, war mongering, and taking care of their sorry asses for the rest of their lives! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

G.

LWW
03-26-2010, 12:29 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: pooltchr</div><div class="ubbcode-body">A whole lot about nothing. Palin charged a fee to appear. They didn't have to pay it if they didn't want to.

Steve </div></div>

And that OP was from someone who thinks Queen Pelosi is entitled to an airliner with an open bar to be paid for by the taxpater ... whether they like it or not.

LWW

eg8r
03-26-2010, 03:34 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">and yes, men don't like powerful women</div></div>Given your comments on Palin it is quite easy to see you can't handle them yourself.

eg8r

Gayle in MD
03-27-2010, 03:45 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: eg8r</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">and yes, men don't like powerful women</div></div>Given your comments on Palin it is quite easy to see you can't handle them yourself.

eg8r </div></div>

Palin is a phoney. I don't like phonies.

pooltchr
03-27-2010, 08:14 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Gayle in MD</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: eg8r</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">and yes, men don't like powerful women</div></div>Given your comments on Palin it is quite easy to see you can't handle them yourself.

eg8r </div></div>

Palin is a phoney. I don't like phonies. </div></div>

How can you say that with a straight face after supporting Obama, and standing up for Pelosi???????????

Steve

LWW
03-27-2010, 08:40 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: pooltchr</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Gayle in MD</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: eg8r</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">and yes, men don't like powerful women</div></div>Given your comments on Palin it is quite easy to see you can't handle them yourself.

eg8r </div></div>

Palin is a phoney. I don't like phonies. </div></div>

How can you say that with a straight face after supporting Obama, and standing up for Pelosi???????????

Steve </div></div>

<span style='font-size: 26pt'><span style='font-family: Arial Black'><u>D - 0 - U - B - L - E - T - H - I - N - K</u></span></span>

LWW

eg8r
03-28-2010, 02:13 PM
LOL, she is a powerful woman that you cannot handle.

eg8r