Pay-per-view: Republican town hall meetings

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    Aug 17, 2011 12:43 AM GMT
    A far cry from Giffords' meetings with her constituents. There's got to be a law against this...but who am I kidding?icon_mad.gif

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0811/61454.html
    It will cost $15 to ask Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) a question in person during the August congressional recess.

    The House Budget Committee chairman isn’t holding any face-to-face open-to-the-public town hall meetings during the recess, but like several of his colleagues he will speak only for residents willing to open their wallets.
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    Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.) is scheduled to appear Aug. 23 at a luncheon gathering of the Arizona Republican Lawyers Association. For $35, attendees can question Quayle and enjoy a catered lunch at the Phoenix office of the Snell & Wilmer law firm.

    And Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.) took heat in Duluth this weekend for holding private events in his district’s population and media center — including a $10-per-head meeting to be hosted next week by the local chapter of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, which on its invitation notes that the organization “supported Chip in his stunning upset over longtime Congressman Jim Oberstar in the 2010 election.”
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    “After Republicans voted to gut Medicare and other vital programs while protecting tax breaks for millionaires and corporations, it’s not surprising that they would not want to face their constituents in an open forum,” said MoveOn.org Executive Director Justin Ruben. “There seems to be no limit to how much our government is for sale.”

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    Aug 17, 2011 12:48 AM GMT
    They can run, but they can't hide.

    The Repub's Ryan proposal to eliminate Medicare and partially privatize Social Security in order to pay for permanent tax cuts for the rich - and the fact that nearly every Repub voted for it - will be used against them over and over again in the coming election.

    These carefully scripted campaign events won't protect the Repubs from being held accountable for their own words and deeds.
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    Aug 18, 2011 11:58 AM GMT
    2 more pay-per-view Congresspersons:

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