20060713

Visitation, Huge Political Contribution, and Dinner

It's going to be a busy day tomorrow here in Utica.

I've previously commented on the Friend of Ray Meier that's visiting tomorrow. Now I'll comment on the visit.

In 2000, I often got a relative up-close-and-personal look at Secret Service, not only when Sen. Clinton ran, but also when she gave the Commencement speech at MVCC. The costs and efforts needed for her to give that speech was stunning. What had the most impact on me, because I always volunteer to act as a Greeter at Commencement, was my additional obligation that day was to confiscate all umbrellas that anyone brought. That was the directive from the Secret Service.

I don't begrudge anyone safety and I was glad that she chose MVCC as the place to give her first commensement speech as a Senator. Students who hadn't considered attending their graduation ceremony did attend because she was speaking. The profit of her visit was students crossing the stage to receive their hard-earned diploma who might otherwise have just waited for the mail to get delivered.

Things will be different tomorrow night.

$1,000 to get a picture with Vice President Cheney. It's $2,000 if you want the little woman in the picture too.

And the profit there goes to Ray Meier.

But that's not all.

Word's out that WKTV will be broadcasting the Veep's speech at the fundraiser as it happens. That's a MASSIVE political contribution Clear Channel is giving Ray Meier. Unless word is wrong and Meier is actually buying that broadcast time from the TV station with some of that $ he's been raising and hording.

Yea... right. I'm not that stupid.

If WKTV does broadcast the Veep speech, I do believe it will be violating FEC rules.
If WKTV does broadcast the Veep speech, I don't believe that it would give Michael Arcuri the same donation.
If WKTV does broadcast the Veep speech, I do believe that the Meier campaign will be knowingly accepting a bad donation.
If WKTV does broadcast the Veep speech... everyone having hissy fits about a so-called "liberal media" can just SHUT UP.

Phew... it was rather nice to get that out of my system.

But it's not a dark day in the Mohawk Valley. We are caring, compassionate, and generous people here. In 1996, when Sherwood Boehlert welcomed Newt Gingrich to Utica and profited by tens of thousands of dollars, many of us gathered for a simple dinner at St. Francis DeSales Church. Now, 10 years later, many will do the same. There is a protest planned for the afternoon prior to the Veep's arrival.

Afterwards, while the less that 30% of the citizenry that still like this Badministration will eat for $150 and buy one soulvenier of the evening for $1,000 (per person), St. Francis DeSales Church will again host a dinner that the other 70% would probably be more interested in. The suggested donation is $2.00 and a dish to share. Proceeds will be donated to an organization which provides assistance to wounded Vets.

Ten years ago, the dinner at St. Francis DeSales was standing room only. Literally. Moving in the room was more like shuffling and wiggling with hope. I'm sure that tomorrow will be the same. And the food will be as satisfying.

Evil works when good people do nothing. So, tomorrow do something. DO. It's not enough to just talk about everything wrong. Words need to become action if anything is to ever change. Don't just stand there. Don't just talk (or write or blog) about how wrong things are. Don't just hope, wish and pray that thing change.

DO SOMETHING

Teach someone new about how we're on the wrong track.
Register a new voter.
Submit a letter to the editor (to EVERY newspaper in the region!)
Put on a bumper sticker.
Volunteer... anywhere that can make a difference.
Get involved in a political campaign.

And I'll ask this of you. If you think this Badministration's taking America in the wrong direction. If you think that things can be a lot better. If you think $1,000 per person for a picture is a but much. (get this... for $60, I can get a picture with Captain Kirk!)

Make a donation to Michael Arcuri.

Remember... the Veep is not here because Meier has so much pull in DC and that the two of them are such buds. No, Cheney is here for one reason only. The NeoCons are desperate to hold on to any and every seat they can. And they'll do everything and anything to do so. Meier's has been bought and sold with this fundraiser. They'll be bringing in even more to deliver him to DC.

I've been active in politics for a long time now. I know that familiarity breeds complacency which too often becomes jadedness. But when it was first announced that Cheney was coming to stump for Meier, my first thought was "oh... oh... god. They've sent the Vice President after us. And people I live and work near are going to pay a thousand dollars a person to get a picture with him."

That's what we're facing. The Vice-President and $2,000 memorabelia.

So, help Michael Arcuri help us.

Click on the Act Blue link in the sidebar... send a check in... donate through Act Blue directly... hey, bring in your pennies (I'll count them myself).

And do something. Volunteer in the campaign. Teach your friends and family about Mike. Spread the word. Send a check. Host a house party or coffee.

Do something so Evil doesn't win.
Maimun

7 comments:

Biggus Dickus said...

That's a MASSIVE political contribution Clear Channel is giving Ray Meier.

I'm sorry, how does Clear Channel figure into this?

If WKTV does broadcast the Veep speech, I do believe it will be violating FEC rules.

You would be wrong. The law is quite clear on the matter.

If WKTV does broadcast the Veep speech, I don't believe that it would give Michael Arcuri the same donation.

Of course they wouldn't. There's no triggering event for the equal time provisions.

If WKTV does broadcast the Veep speech, I do believe that the Meier campaign will be knowingly accepting a bad donation.

Again, you would be wrong. The law really is quite clear on this.

Of course, you don't have to take my word for it. If you actually believe it's an illegal contribution you can file a formal complaint with both the FEC and the FCC.

Or you can cut and run.

Proceeds will be donated to an organization which provides assistance to wounded Vets.

Which organization would that be? I know several people that would be happy to make a matching donation.

DO SOMETHING

Like file a formal complaint over a blatantly "illegal" contribution?

Do something so Evil doesn't win.

That's what I'm all about.

Your friend forever,
Biggus Dickus

Anonymous said...

Um, I think you're right about the whole 'badministration' thing, but after all it IS called a fundraiser. And $1000 a pic isnt really that out of range in that situation.
I like Mike and would consider donating out of Democratic Spirit but he looks like his heart isn't in it so why should I?
Theres another 'blogger' up here who while sounding like a disgruntled ex-employee to me makes some really valid points about Mike not quitting his District Attorney job.

If you know the guy, have him tell us! we dont bite!

Anonymous said...

National Grid was there. Nuff said.

maimun said...

BiDi, touched a nerve there, didn't I? Obviously neither you nor your friends can tell the difference between news and fundraising. Aren't you glad that I offer the opportunity for you to voice your opinions here, even if you don't do the same on your site?

After all, this was such big news that CNN, NBC, and Fox carried the speech too. Oh yea... they didn't.

News10Now out of Syracuse... oh, no they didn't either.

Strangely enough, even the OD didn't print the text of the speech.

hhhmmmmm... it's missing from the VP official web site too.
-Maimun

maimun said...

Anon 1,
I always get surprised when I get asked about why Mike doesn't quit one job before starting another.

I just don't know any Democrats who can afford to give up regular income while attempting to run for office. Even with non-elected jobs, most of us can't afford to give up one job before another one's secured.

But maybe that's why you and I view $1,000 a picture so differently.

I've seen first hand how hard Mike's been balancing his current employment and the campaign, as well as all his other obligations. I've never seen that kind of drive before which is why I did put my money, time and energy in.

The only choice you have is between Arcuri and Meier. Or you could just sit out the game.
Maimun

Biggus Dickus said...

Let me ask again, since you seem to have missed the questions the first time around:

How does Clear Channel figure into this?

Are you going to file a formal complaint? Or cut and run?

Your friend forever,
Biggus Dickus

Anonymous said...

Meier doesn't need to quit his job because he doesn't do anything.