Discounts For Me, But Not For Thee

April 24th, 2008at 10:56pm Posted by Eli

Hey, remember when the Republicans made that huge stink about MoveOn getting a discounted rate for their General Betray Us ad (as we know, The Most Horrible And Unpatriotic Ad Evar)?  Wonder if they’ll have anything to say about this:

Republican presidential candidate John McCain got a deal when his campaign rented gathering space from the city of Homewood for a private fundraiser earlier this week.

His campaign was given a discount of about 80 percent off the standard booking rate for Rosewood Hall. In September, Jefferson County Democrats rented the same facility and were charged the full rate.

The McCain campaign was charged $250 to use two rooms in the hall, which normally would book for $1,200 on a weeknight. The campaign also was given free labor from Homewood City Jail inmates to set up tables and chairs for the event, avoiding a $100 set-up fee, but did pay a standard $50 cleaning fee.

Homewood Mayor Barry McCulley said the rental rate was discounted because the event was on Monday, a slow day for business. City Council members say they always vote on such discounts but didn’t get a say in this deal. They’re upset, as are local Democrats.

“I think it’s outrageous,” said Robert Yarbrough, chairman of the Jefferson County Democratic Party and a Homewood resident.

“I was charged full book rate. I was never offered any free inmate services to set up for my event. Mayor McCulley owes an apology to every citizen in Homewood as to why he arbitrarily changed the fee for this out-of-state senator from Arizona.”

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McCulley said he and City Council President Ginger Busby agreed on the lower rate for McCain’s event. He said minor policy changes such as this don’t require council approval.

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City Councilman David Hooks said that the council typically debates and votes each time there is a request to discount or waive the rent, but that didn’t happen this time.

“I’d be concerned with the legal ramifications of that, from the city’s perspective,” Hooks said. “It could be a problem for the city to have made in-kind donations to a political candidate by charging less rent or having inmates do work for the event.”

Yeah, I’m sure the Republicans will be denouncing this preferential treatment any day now.  A-ny day now…

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Elections,McCain,Politics,Republicans


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