August 26, 2013
Press Advisory for August 27, 2013
Contact: Jeremy Sprinkle, Communications Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 336-255-2711
COUNTRY CLUB REPUBLICANS READY TO “MAKE IT RAIN” FOR TILLIS, HOUSE CAUCUS AT $10,000 / PLATE FUNDRAISER
“Inflation adjustment for millionaires” among reasons why working families will picket in Raleigh on Tuesday, August 27th at 4:30 PM
RALEIGH, N.C. – Minimum-wage earners in North Carolina never got a fair hearing from Republican leadership in the General Assembly this year, much less an inflation-adjusted increase in their poverty-level wages. But thanks to a little-reported change in the omnibus elections bill, North Carolina’s biggest campaign donors soon will be able to buy even more influence when contribution limits go up from $4,000 to $5,000 per election and then increase every two years to keep up with inflation. This “inflation adjustment for millionaires” and another elections law change to allow unlimited corporate cash for political parties could add up to a big payday for North Carolina Republicans.
On Tuesday, State House Speaker and candidate for U.S. Senate, Thom Tillis will join the caucus he leads and cash-in at a fundraiser held at the Carolina Country Club in Raleigh. Interestingly, with the top 1% set to get an average $10,000 tax cut under the Republican budget, the $10,000 price tag of platinum-level sponsorship will be more affordable than ever! Except, that is, for the vast majority of working people in North Carolina, some of whom will walk a picket line outside the fundraiser in protest.
What: Picket as House Republicans cash-in on the “Decline of North Carolina”
When: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 from 4:30 to 6:00 P.M.
Where: Sidewalk across from the Carolina Country Club, 2500 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC)
Why: Under Republican leadership in the General Assembly, North Carolina’s wealthy elites and powerful corporations will be able to spend more than ever to buy influence in state government. Meanwhile, the door to opportunity is closing for working families struggling with unemployment, low-wages, higher tax burdens, and more barriers to voting and holding politicians accountable for pursuing an immoral legislative agenda.
1. Dozens of working, unemployed, retired, and student North Carolinians holding creative signs, chanting, singing, and walking a picket line juxtaposed with big-money campaign donors attending a high-dollar fundraiser at the posh Carolina Country Club.
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