"With rooms booked and mall permits applied for, Drawdy and some others affiliated with Beck's 9/12 Project started planning for a big march on September 11, the day before the FreedomWorks event. Initially, the permit Drawdy applied for was in the name of Yvonne Donnelly and the National 9/12 Project. Donnelly is Glenn Beck's ex-sister-in-law and administrator of his 9/12 Project website. But a few months later, Beck decided to hold his own rally on the Mall on August 28, so Donnelly asked Drawdy to take her name off the permit application. Rather than simply cancel the march and throw in with the Beck or FreedomWorks events, Drawdy told activists that Beck's emissaries simply wanted to hand it over to "the people." In early December, Drawdy assured activists that the march would proceed—and that there would be plenty of hotel rooms."
"If you have not made plans for the 8/28 event in DC, you better hurry! Hotel and Airfare details are below. (Special thanks to Christine D. of One Step Promotions and Incentives, you rock)."
Unlike in 2009, the rooms aren't filling up quite so fast, possibly due to march fatigue among the tea partiers. Griffing says that by this time last year, all of the rooms she had blocked in DC were sold out. She has protested to FreedomWorks about what she sees as the event promoter's attempt to cut in on her business, and Drawdy's posts no longer appear on the advocacy group's web forum.
For Griffing, the stakes are high. Agents who reserve blocks of rooms at big hotels usually have to sign contracts promising to fill them or pay for the entire package, not just the unsold rooms. So while the commissions are fairly small—$10 a room or 10 percent of the cost—the liability can be huge. Griffing says she is on the hook for about $2 million. If she fills them all, she stands to earn about $62,000. If she doesn't, she could end up in bankruptcy. Drawdy is apparently in similar straits.
Cucci wrote. "Amy Hale has been alienating people by prideful statements, pirating ideas, controlling statements and actions, manipulative actions, shunning advice and giving untruthful advice, which in some cases has resulted in no participation or refrained participation in the Tea Party Movement by those affected."
Cucci says Hale's rallies "are nothing more than a GOP promotional with little or no understanding gained for participants as to what the Tea Party Movement is about." The worst sin, according to Cucci? The tea party rally Hale hosted in Dover, Maine, "was boring, not motivational as claimed by several participants."
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