August 19th, 2010
12:59 PM ET
4 years ago

Low ticket sales for Palin event

An event featuring Sarah Palin has not proved to be a big sell.
An event featuring Sarah Palin has not proved to be a big sell.

(CNN) - Sarah Palin is normally a major draw on the speaker's circuit, but the former Alaska governor is proving to be a hard sell for an upcoming engagement in Florida.

Palin is scheduled to speak in Jacksonville for a fundraising event on behalf of Heroic Media, a Austin, Texas-based group that describes itself as "a faith-based non-profit that reduces abortion by creating a Culture of Life through television, billboard and internet advertising."

The event - called "Evening of Hope with Sarah Palin" - was planned to be held in a 3,000-seat auditorium but has been moved to a 609-seat venue to ensure the speech will be sold out, Mark Nelson, the Florida director of Heroic Media told CNN.

"We are a new organization…not many people know about us and we have not sold as many tickets as we have liked to, so we are moving it," Nelson said.

Tickets for the event range from $50 to $100.

Kimberly Speirs, a spokeswoman for the organization, said the group did not have "high or low expectations" when it came to ticket sales.

We didn't have much time to promote the event and we are new to the Florida market," she said.

Speirs would not comment on whether Palin is being compensated for her appearance. Palin is also slated to speak at events for the group in Houston and Dallas this fall.


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  1. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    Sounds like maybe, just maybe the GOP right wing nuts are realizing that Half Gov. Palin has been using them and playing them like a violin. Maybe they are beginning to see her for what she really is, a fake, a fraud and someone who just preaches hate. "Evening of Hope with Sarah Palin" may just prove to be what most real true Americans want, they hope that Half Gov. Palin just goes away.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    August 19, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  2. Future expat

    "Speirs would not comment on whether Palin is being compensated for her appearance."

    Ever since she quit her position as governor, everything Palin has done has been for money. I'll take a wild guess and say she is being compensated.

    August 19, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  3. boocat

    Maybe the residents of Florida aren't as stupid as I thought they were (especially after that debacle of an election (Bush v Gore).

    August 19, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. NC

    Not a suprise. Even Palin followers are learning what a nut job she is.

    August 19, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. ronalde

    this is pretty good,3000 down to 600 to ensure a sell out and they will call it a sucess people are starting to wise up to sista sara it won't be long that they won't be able to give tickets away.

    August 19, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. Wake Up

    Finally, people are waking up to the reality that is Palin. It's all about the money.

    August 19, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. GL

    Yea, because people are starting to see this evil woman for what she is a nasty hatful meanspirited woman.

    Where there is controversy, Sara Palin is right there in the mix. Sara Palin is very evil spiteful person and will never be our President. She is the worst kind of politicians and does not desire to be no where near the White House. How can you want to be the President of the USA and be so diverse and hateful toward others people of other religion, other races, and different opinions. I hope Sara Palin do try to run in 2012 and watch how fast she will be running back to Alaska after her big lost. We do not need people like Sara Palin running any part of government. I glad she quit her governor job because she is not fit for work for government with her racist views.

    August 19, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  8. KEVIN

    I'll go to Sarah Plain and Simple minded event if she pay me. I Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

    August 19, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  9. Meka

    INTERESTING! Jacksonville tends to LEAN DEMOCRATE!

    August 19, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  10. GL

    Kimberly Speirs, a spokeswoman for the organization, said the group did not have "high or low expectations" when it came to ticket sales.

    We didn't have much time to promote the event and we are new to the Florida market," she said.

    Please don't make any excuses for Sara Palin – her stardom power is over and even the Tea Party is not happy with her any more.

    August 19, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  11. Jilli

    BWWAAAHHHH!!! Sister Sarah is losing her charm. Too bad the charity is the one to pay the price for her plummeting popularity.

    August 19, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. Ferret out the BS

    She's fading away ................. finally fading away. Maybe the comedy club circuit next!!

    August 19, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. Michael

    I'm not at all surprised.
    There is no way this person could offer me any hope other than to hope for her to disappear. She is a waste of time and political capital. I am sorry to think that way but I am tired of hearing her words saying nothing worthwhile at all.

    August 19, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  14. Gary

    C'mon, does this really surprise anyone. Even conservatives are getting annoyed with the whiny, hypocritical and damaging role she's playing on their behalf.

    August 19, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. ja

    america is smarter than the divisive message at last, palin sends

    August 19, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Eat it up liberals, take your drugs. CNN is providing with the opportunity, once again to take two shots at Palin in one day. I guess it keeps the addicts and Oprah crowd off the streets.

    August 19, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    your 15 minutes of fame is almost over Palin, people are starting to figure out the dumbest white women alive, there is plenty of fish for you in Alaska, see ya!!!!

    August 19, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    What could this woman possibly say that's worth the price of admission? Better yet, what could this woman say that's possibly worth attending – for free? Some people's brains just don't function normally – that's all I can say. And Sarah Palin has carved out the niche market of brainless people off of whom to make a lucrative living. Shame on her for taking advantage of the mentally challenged.

    August 19, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. AEJ

    What can she say with to anybody with a sense of reasoning? Not even a 5-year old can understand this woman when she opens her mouth. "The chirping crickets are alive when she opens her mouth".

    Honestly, who would pay to listen to this idiot speaks? Remember Sarah attended 6-universities to get a degree with a GPA of under 2.
    GO BACK TO SCHOOL SARAH AND GET SOME EDUCATION, or is this too hard for you?

    August 19, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. ex-repulican since McCain picked Palin

    No excuses, the American people are just seeing her for what she really is. I am so glad, by 2012 she will be history!!! How can any Christian organization have her speak there when she is so hateful and lies? Amazing.

    August 19, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  21. E. Coli-Tainted Palin Word Salad Consumed By Media

    Can't get much lower than low-life, Alaskan trailer trash, Palin.

    August 19, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. S.positive

    I HOPE this is not a Christian event b/c this woman's behavior so far,does not reflect Jesus Christ's

    August 19, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. Frank

    Good grief! You are a news organization. Report on the news!

    August 19, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. DIANA

    I can't stop laughing. FINALLY her fifteen minutes are up! Soon she'll be at home hitting the trailer park events.

    August 19, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. T'SAH from Virginia

    That's because she takes most of the fundraising money for her fee to talk about NOTHING – EMPTY RHETORIC – NADA – NULL and VOID issues!!!

    "...a spokeswoman for the organization, said the group did not have "high or low expectations" when it came to ticket sales."

    When you start 'exaggerating' the HUGE CROWDS in the first place by 'buffering' the number of the attendees and using 'old pictures' from other HUGE rallies, the TRUTH will eventually come out!!!

    Sorry 'SISTAH' – your fame is dwindling and it's beginning to show what you really are!!

    August 19, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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