Florida GOP says those who can donate $50,000 (!) come from “all walks of life”

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“Qu’ils mangent de la brioche.”

In other words, “Let them eat cake.”

I don’t know if the communications staff at the Republican Party of Florida speaks French, but it sure sounded like Marie Antoinette is running the RPOF’s press shop after it released a statement late last night attempting to explain who would be footing the bill for an upcoming fundraiser aboard the Disney Dream cruise ship.

“RPOF depends entirely on the generosity of contributors from all walks of life, and people give to RPOF in two ways, their time and their money…” reads a statement straight out of Versaille. 

“Beginning Thursday, August 1st, and running through Sunday August 4th, the RPOF House Majority campaign will hold a fundraiser aboard the Disney Dream, with two ports of call in Nassau, Bahamas and Castaway Cay. … Donors will receive a $200 onboard credit, a deluxe oceanview stateroom with a verandah, and all meals will be included in exchange for a $50,000 contribution to RPOF.”

$50,000! Ce qui est grand.

My first issue with the RPOF’s press release is why would someone who could afford to donate $50,000 (or arrange such a donation from a client) be enticed by the prospect of a $200 onboard credit? Is there some well-heeled donor out there who said they wouldn’t cut a check to the party for fifty large, but then decided to do so because they’ll be able to buy $200 in Disney souvenirs (I’ve been on two Disney cruises, by the way, and $200 will last you about three hours.)

Of course, the most glaring issue with this press release is the “walks of life” comment.  

There aren’t many ‘walks of life’ which afford someone the luxury of donating $50,000 to Republican Party of Florida.

The ‘walk of life’ which does is paved with gold bricks, silver-plated curbs and lampposts made of platinum. 

To donate $50,000 you are either a developer, a developer, a lobbyist for a billion-dollars-in-revenue-corporation, in charge of political committee for a billion-dollars-in-revenue-corporation or a developer.

Or the Queen of France.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.