Even though the party has less than $5,000 in its bank account, Broward Republican Chairman Tom Truex wants to spend more than $50,000 on a fundraising dinner. RED BROWARD has learned Truex wants to pay columnist Charles Krauthammer to headline the Broward Republican Party’s Lincoln Day dinner. Dr. Krauthammer, a Fox News contributor, commands a $50,000 speaking fee.
In addition to the $50,000 speaking fee, Krauthammer would get airplane tickets, beachfront hotel accommodations and transportation. The Broward Republican Executive Committee would have to purchase copies of Krauthammer’s latest book to sell to its members.
According to financial reports filed with the Broward Supervisor of Elections office, the money raised at last year’s Lincoln Day dinner would barely cover Krauthammer’s speaking fee.
The fee doesn’t include the cost of a venue, dinner, drinks, staff, photography, printing costs and postage.
Truex has been under fire for his inability to plan a party fundraiser. The party needs to money to help candidates like Florida Governor Rick Scott in November.
Truex and his Lincoln Day chair Larry Woods have mishandled things from the start. Instead of tapping Committee members that helped plan successful dinners in the past, Truex sought help from Chip LaMarca and his allies. Despite their involvement, big names like Jeb Bush and Chris Christie declined invitations.
With the August primary just two months away, Truex, Woods and BREC secretary Mark McCarthy would rather spend more than $50,000 on a cocktail party than helping local candidates.
That amount of money would help get judges and school board members re-elected. BREC could help print signs and mailers and palm cards. Instead of buying watered-down booze and rubber chicken dinners, Broward Republicans could make a difference in our local government.