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Huffington Post is reporting that Oregon’s south coast is soon to be the scene of gala event sponsored by The Heritage Action for America “to bring together conservative leaders and members of Congress with wealthy donors to ‘strategize about the future of our country while navigating the challenging links of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort’s signature courses.’ An individual package covering all expenses for the Oct. 14-17 event costs $15,000; two people can attend for $25,000.”
Hosting the event is Michael Keiser, the owner of Bandon Dunes and a major Republican Party donor. In the 2012 election Keiser gave so much money to GOP candidates and party committees that he actually exceeded the legal limit for total contributions in a two-year election cycle. He is currently under a Federal Election Commission investigation, along with dozens of other donors, for excessive campaign giving.
According to Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Cay Johnston, Bandon Dunes is also a significant recipient of government subsidies, something that Heritage Action generally opposes. The expansion of a nearby airport that serves as the landing pad for thousands of golfers each year was financed by “a tax paid on all commercial airline tickets and state bonds backed by revenue from the Oregon lottery, which is heavily used by the state’s poor,” Johnston reported in 2007.
If you would like to welcome these people to Coos County and thank them for screwing around with your veterans benefits and closing the national parks and shutting down emergency assistance and food inspections and other “non essential” services, the Dollar Store is selling all kinds of great Halloween props, pitchforks, horns and zombie masks.
Let’s show these people how much we appreciate them.