How much does it cost to put on a tea party at the state Capitol?
With two stages — one for Sean Hannity of Fox News and the other for entertainers — more than $25,000, say the organizers.
And where do you put counterdemonstrators who have threatened to crash a party that includes live television? Police will attempt to contain them in an area one very long block away, in front of a parking lot on Courtland Avenue.
Organizers and stage hands are out in front of the state Capitol now. Checks are being written by the national anti-tax group Americans for Prosperity — but will be backfilled by local donations, said spokeswoman Virginia Galloway (no relation to the author).
Galloway said that so far, House Speaker Glenn Richardson — who like Galloway lives in Paulding County — is the largest donor. GOP congressional district organizations have all chipped in as well.
And Republican candidates haven’t hesitated to curry favor, either. Gubernatorial wannabes Karen Handel, John Oxendine, and Austin Scott have donated. Casey Cagle has not, Galloway said.
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