August 19th, 2010
12:59 PM ET
8 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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soundoff (120 Responses)
  1. Former Republican, but never again!

    Only really stupid people would pay to hear this idiot speak!

    August 19, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  2. ex-repulican since McCain picked Palin

    Just got to read the article where she told Dr. Laura not to retreat but to reload. She absolutely disgusts me!!!! ugh! And how can any intelligent person write an article saying Sarah Palin wrote this? Listen to her talk and her incoherent sentences, can you say Ghost Writer. I hope her audience gets smaller and smaller until she gets the hint, she is a plague leashed on America. Thank you Mr. McCain for being so desperate to win.

    August 19, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. TangledThorns

    Sarah Palin should come to VA, I'd go. She is the leader America needs now!

    August 19, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. Danilew

    Sarah Palin is a dangerous racist. How anyone can defend Dr Schlessinger's racist rant is beyond me. Keep talking Palin so that we can see just what you represent.

    August 19, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. JV

    Finally! Signs that this is the beginning of the end of Palin's "15 minutes" of fame. It's been an eternity.

    This woman has brought nothing of value to America's political discourse. Hopefully she'll go away soon

    August 19, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. Independent One

    Her ten minutes of fame is almost over....THANK GOD!!!

    August 19, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. linda pennington

    the only way to fill the seats, is to hand out free tickets

    August 19, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. J.P.

    Biased, inacurate headline alert! This is not a "Palin Event." It is an event for, in the organizations own words, an organization that not many people know about. And, an event in which they admit not having the time to promote. Yet, you write the headline like it is Sarah Palin's event that no one wants to come to. She's easy pickin's isn't she, CNN. I hope you feel better about yourself now.

    August 19, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. Russ

    Oh really, you don't think it is because Palin is speaking. She is a has been loser. Should be a non profit event because you know she wouldn't do this for free and I'm sure her fee will be larger than their meager ticket sales will bring in.

    August 19, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. Stephanie

    I have new respect for the people of Florida. May your sentiments spread throughout the country.

    August 19, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. Riley

    I wouldpay over $1000 to see her and NOT ONE PENNY TO SEE OBAMA. He's a trator against America,.

    August 19, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. Take America Back: from Texas

    Obiously someone w/CNN web news has only one job; to constantly take everything Sarah Palin does or plans to do and twist it into something negaitive. So what;s up CNN, did Sarah ditch you for Fox and it ticked you off??? Just accept the fact that Fox News kicks your butt each and every day! You wanna know why??? Because of your obvious love affair with Obambi and the Liberal Left.......fitting right in w/CBS, NBC, ABC. It is more than obvious that Obambi and the Liberal Left doesn't care a flip about what the majority of Americans want or think! This is why we all love Sarah Palin, because she is who she is and that is REAL......and you on the Left cannot handle it!
    As for this event.....the "light" sales of tickets has nothing to do with Sarah Palin and everything to do with the ho-hum attitude people have in America over Pro-Life issues!

    August 19, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. Bob Dog

    This is not good. I was hoping the Circus Clown that is Sarah Palin would continue to do damage to everything she stands for, including the republican party, well into 2012, so she could cripple as many conservative candidates as possible.

    Lets hope reality show revives her ability to take money from conservates across the country, and waste it on herself and he stupid ideas.

    "Run, Sarah, Run!!!"

    August 19, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. beth

    maybe she should consider the side shows at the county fairs...I'm sure she would draw a large crowd there

    August 19, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  15. Carlton

    It's so pathetic that us real Americans (hard working every day and retired Military Vet) have to even hear her ignorant whining little voice all over the airwaves!!! Please shut up and go get some brains and some character!!! Another career pathetic Politician!!!

    August 19, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. Lucas Breen

    Hey Sarah. Don't retreat ... Reload!

    Maybe you can get your new BFF Dr. Laura to appear with you. It might increase ticket sales among African Americans.

    August 19, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. William

    You can only tell so many lies before people find out what you really are. It's about time.

    August 19, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. SweetP

    You would have to be a bigger idiot than Sarah to sit and listen to her babble!

    August 19, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. Conservative and am proud.

    I cant beelieve that Sarah P could not sell all 3 thousend seats. This is becuz its a lie by CNN. Of coarse she can sell that many of seats, but the media doesnt like it, becuz its full of liberal haters. Sarah just want to be unfilterd for her fans in a little room thats more smaller and so has more one on one potential so that she can message to the people better and unfilterd. GO SARAH!!!!!!

    August 19, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  20. Crazy Cat Lady


    Even the freakiest carnival geek acts get boring after a while. Sorry, $arah, but your 15 minutes of fame is running out. Better cash in as fast as you can before nobody pays attention to you any more.

    August 19, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. dick delson

    Sarah Palin is beyond stupid and she proves it time and again when she speaks on any subject. John McCain's lasting legacy.

    August 19, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    OMG! Finally!

    Her 15 minutes are over!

    Now can we please NEVER hear of Failin' Palin again?

    August 19, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. A CHRISTIAN and an American

    Intelligent people are catching on to Palin. She has nothing positive or constructive to say. Her speeches are divisive, hateful, without reason or informative information. Most women I know think she is an AIRHEAD who skip thinks. She is a disgrace to intelligent women who are trying to unite our country. She is really playing folks for MONEY.

    August 19, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. bill

    whats the matter sarah.3000 venue to 600.WOW SOUNDS LIKE YOUR MOUTH FINALLY CAUGHT UP TO YOU.

    August 19, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. independent

    Dawn in America?

    August 19, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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