February 5th, 2010
04:07 PM ET
13 years ago

CNN Fact Check: Ticket to the Tea Party

(CNN) - The National Tea Party Convention is going on through Saturday in Nashville, Tennessee. On CNN's "American Morning" on Thursday, the Washington bureau chief of left-leaning Mother Jones magazine, David Corn, said of the convention, "The only thing that is happening is people that can afford $600 tickets in order to pay Sarah Palin a $115,000 speaker fee will be eating steak and lobster. It's not the heart of the movement."

Fact Check:
Are Tea Party Convention tickets $600, and will Sarah Palin be paid $115,000 to speak at the convention?

- Convention organizers told CNN on Thursday that about 600 people paid $549 each for convention tickets. Tickets for the banquet alone are $349, and some are still available.

- A spokeswoman for Palin and convention organizers would not confirm to CNN reports that she will be paid about $100,000 for the appearance. Palin said in an opinion piece for USA Today that "any compensation for my appearance will go right back to the cause."

- The convention center chef's office said that filet of beef with grilled shrimp will be served as the entree at the Palin banquet. No lobster.

Bottom Line:
David Corn overshot on the ticket price. It cost $549 to attend both the convention and the banquet. Palin won't say how much she's being paid, but she apparently won't be eating lobster.

Filed under: Sarah Palin • Tea Party movement
soundoff (115 Responses)
  1. Hugo

    I can smell the political dissent in the air, can you feel it, it is exhilarating, isn't it? The Obama Administration remains to refuse to hear what America is telling them, I think they believe that if they say it enough times it becomes true. Change is coming America, let's just see what Obama's popularity poll is in 2010 and 2012 when the bill starts coming in for the spending spree!

    Remember, it is always darkest before the dawn and believe me with our current economic situation, it is going to get a lot darker for alot of people before the dawn of a new America!

    February 5, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  2. carlos

    and now we find out that the first dude in alaska was the one running the show not the hag.....and, is he still getting paid by the state?.......last we heard, he was unemployed

    February 5, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  3. John

    'Fact Check' and 'Tea Party' are mutually exclusive phrases.

    February 5, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  4. Moonbeam

    By "cause" she means supporting the economy by giving this check directly to Prada and such.

    February 5, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  5. Obama and his cabinet equate to crooks!

    Just another "Lie" from the democrats.

    February 5, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  6. D

    I'm all for budget controlls in government, but these people are loons. They don't have a clue and there is no getting through to them. So, let them have their little rally and get ripped off for dinner. Just thinking about it makes my head hurt.

    February 5, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  7. brendan

    why fact check a meal? Fact check what people say at tea parties. Then go in depth? What do the nations leading economists say? Who do they support, the tea party or Obama?

    February 5, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  8. Tammy

    God help America! We don't need outside terrorists!

    February 5, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  9. Tammy

    February 5th, 2010 4:28 pm ET

    "Palin and The Tea Baggers....sounds like a really, REALLY bad Polka band..."

    Hey, Mickey - don't insult polka bands!

    February 5, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  10. dave denver

    CNN's fact checking is as biased as the rest of their stories. They should spend their time focusing on fact checking SNL every time they do anything that is critical of Saint Obama.

    February 5, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  11. Shelly

    Bunch of stupid and ignorant people duped into paying $549 . What a waste.
    None of the money Palin has made thus far has been used for a "cause", only used for herself.

    February 5, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  12. cardog

    To Sue...It is amazing that whoever your caretaker is allows you to use a computer. Sarah Palin is in this for the MONEY honey. She has absolutely no chance of being president of this country. She will come and get all the bigots who call themselves Tea Baggers excited, receive 115,000.00 and laugh at you idiots all the way to the bank. So that you understand, Al Gore & Bill Clinton are not running for elective office. President Obama speaking anywhere, does not bring him any money other than his salary paid for by the tax payers.
    In the event any mother or father out there let their kids read anything you have posted, it will go to prove that anyone can display their brain level on CNN.

    February 5, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  13. Annie, Atlanta

    Average American, thanks for the info! As you can see, I can only claim total ignorance when it comes to this group.

    February 5, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  14. Annie, Atlanta

    LaCrosse Mom (the real one) thank you for speaking out on what I've been thinking about for some time now. This is getting kind of creepy and familiar.

    February 5, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  15. Shelly

    One of the founder's of the tea party, McQueen said that if they cannot get what they want from the ballot box , they will get it from the bullet box.
    They are a small group of ignorant and intolerant loonies who only want to create fear. $549 FOR FEAR MONGERING! Waste!

    February 5, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
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