Want To Meet With Paul Ryan? I Hope You're Not Broke...
After taking quite a bit of heat from his constituents over the “Path to Prosperity”, Paul Ryan(R-WI) is taking a new approach to organizing town hall meetings. That solution?
Make his town hall meetings pay-per-view events. This August, during the congressional races, it will cost $15 to get into any of Rep. Ryan’s town hall meetings.
It’s no secret why members of Congress would shy away from holding open town hall meetings — it’s no fun getting yelled at by angry constituents or having an uncomfortable question become an unfortunate YouTube moment.
By outsourcing the events to third parties that charge an entry fee to raise money, members of Congress can eliminate most of the riffraff while still — in some cases — allowing reporters and TV cameras for a positive local news story.
Paul Ryan isn’t the only member of Congress that’s switched to a pay model for future appearances. Representative Ben Quayle(R-AZ) is charging $35-per-ticket to attend a luncheon sponsored by the Arizona Republican Lawyers Association, and Representative Chip Cravaack(R-MN) is charging $10 per person to attend a meeting of the National Federation of Independent Businesses.
Is hiding behind a paywall going to become the new norm for politicians? More importantly, since media/journalism outlets will undoubtedly cover the fee for their representatives, will charging money to attend the meetings do anything other than pad the coffers of these Congressmen?