John Boehner's ritzy Minnesota golf fundraiser: Is it even happening? [UPDATE]
Will John Boehner be hitting the fairway with mega-rich donors in Wayzata today?
Minnesota Public Radio obtained a copy of an invite last week to a Boehner fundraiser scheduled for today at Spring Hill Golf Club. For a mere $1,000, Minnesotans could enjoy the rare pleasure of lunch with the House Speaker. For $10,000, Boehner would even throw in a round of golf.
According to the invite, Michele Bachmann, Chip Cravaak, John Kline, and Erik Paulsen would also be making appearances.
The guest list caught the attention of some Minnesotans who aren't thrilled with their Republican elected officials right now. They organized a protest that was set to begin at 11:00 a.m. outside the golf course.
Protestors expected more than 100 people to show up, says Minnesotans for a Fair Economy spokesman Kevin Whalen. They even hired a plane to fly over heard with a banner reading, "Where's our piece of the pie? GOOD JOBS NOW!"
But it may be all for nothing.
An employee who answered the phone at Spring Hill this morning says there will be no Boehner fundraiser today. So what gives?
Boehner is at least in the area -- or he was 24 hours ago. WQOW reports that the Speaker attended an invitation-only event at the Princeton Valley Golf Course in Eau Claire, Wisconsin yesterday.
Whalen is calling conspiracy. "It sounds like they've moved it to a secret location," he says.
Banking on the chance that it is still happening, protesters are still bussing the golf course, says Whalen. After that, they plan to bring the demonstration outside Paulsen's office.
UPDATE [11:15 a.m]:
The protestors have found their target.
Demonstrators followed the Republicans' trail to the nearby Wayzata Country Club. Whalen says there are about 300 people outside the club right now protesting the fundraiser.
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