March 7, 2014, - 4:08 pm
Embarrassing: Charity Struggled to Sell Tickets to This “Conservative”; Had to Slash Tix Prices in Half
If you’re trying to raise money for your charity, don’t hire Michelle Malkin to speak at your fundraising dinner, or you’ll have to scramble to sell tickets, and cut ticket prices in half. That’s what a Detroit-area school found out the hard way.
Tonight, Oakdale Academy, which markets itself as a “classical Christian” school run by Hillsdale College, will host Fraudkin as the keynote speaker at its annual fundraising dinner. But the charity struggled to sell tickets and was forced to spend considerable money running non-stop radio ads on Detroit’s talk radio station, WJR, in the three weeks before the dinner. Then, the charity had to slash many of the ticket prices and the prices of some sponsorships in half because, even with the non-stop radio ads, the market apparently didn’t want to pay to hear Malkin pretend to be a conservative. Just days before the event, the Oakdale website indicated that most of its sponsorships for the dinner were unsold (and the site still appears that way).
From Oakdale Academy’s website:
The ticket price slashing for the Malkin event reminds me of Bette Midler in “Ruthless People,” when her unhappy husband doesn’t want to pay the kidnappers’ ransom, and they are forced to cut their ransom demand in half. “Help, I’ve been kidnapped by Kmart!” she exclaims. Help, Oakdale Academy’s speaker is Kmart!
Oakdale Academy wouldn’t say how much it spent on the radio ads it had to resort to in order to sell tickets or if the event will be profitable. But Malkin demands a reported $20,000-$30,000 per speech plus First-Class airfare and expenses. After I called and asked about it, the school posted on its website that “tickets are extremely limited” (and yet still urges people to call to buy them and posts the phone number, which wasn’t there before). But you’ll note that, in fact, most table and group ticket sponsorships are still listed as available. Nice try, though. But very embarrassing for the school and for Malkin.
It’s interesting that Oakdale chose Malkin in the first place, since she has written that she is strongly in favor of legalizing drugs and she lives in Colorado, where she probably voted in favor of legalizing marijuana. It would be a safe bet that most of the parents at Oakdale’s “classical Christian” school oppose legalizing pot because they care more about the risk to their children than Malkin cares about the risk to her own kids. And there are other disturbing things Malkin has done as a “parent” that would alarm any responsible parent and any decent conservative. But, hey, she’s made a lot of money with this act of pretending to be a conservative and practicing the mantra, “do as I say, not as I do.” I wonder if they teach plagiarism as a legitimate academic strategy at that school, since plagiarism is one of Malkin’s fave practices.
Malkin, FYI, is represented by Premiere Speakers Bureau, which made oodles of money with Sean Hannity, conspiring in his Freedom Concert Fraud and ripping off wounded American soldiers and the children of fallen (a rip-off which Malkin defended).
If you need to raise money for your charity or cause, Michelle Malkin is a losing investment.
By the way, on her self-masturbation site, Twitchy, which she recently sold for a reported $2-3 million, Malkin cattily criticized one of her far superior self-perceived rivals, Ann Coulter, and made a big deal about Coulter not selling as many books as she used to. Maybe somebody should look in da mirror. If you’ve ever heard Fraudkin try to give a “speech,” you’ll know why tickets don’t sell.
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