Crist fundraisers stage events, parties to raise big bucks.
TALLAHASSEE - Here are some things you can do with $500,000 this holiday season:
Seeking money to pay for a series of parties surrounding Crist's inauguration, fundraisers are asking donors to pony up anywhere from $10,000 to be a "friend" of the inaugural committee to $500,000 to be named a "vice chairman."
- Pay the salaries of about 10 public school teachers for one year.
- Buy four years of college tuition at a state school for more than 30 students.
- Sponsor nearly 21,000 African children via the Christian Children's Fund, providing them with food, clothing and education needs for a month.
- Or you could become an official "Vice Chairman" of the Governor-elect Charlie Crist "2007 Florida Inaugural Leadership Committee" and receive various memorabilia such as "Limited Edition 2007 Florida Inaugural Engraved Gold Cuff Links."
Ledger article: 'Friends' to pay for Crist inauguration
Would you spend tens of thousands of dollars--up to half a million--for an "honorary" title, a silk tie, or cuff links?
I didn't think you would. Nobody else throws around that kind of money and expects nothing in return, either.
Read this Sun-Sentinel editorial: Fundraising
Update, 7:00 p.m.: Crist cancels inaugural ball following criticism