Got $2,012? If so, the conservative Campaign to Defeat President Barack Obama will let you in "an exclusive private dinner" with three men named Joe who have attempted to be a thorn in the president's side.
On March 24, Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Joe "The Plumber" Wurzelbacher and former tea party Senate candidate Joe Miller will offer themselves up for "An Evening with the Joe's [sic]." It will be held at a home in Montara, a swanky town just north of Half Moon Bay along Highway 1 in the Bay Area of California.
"These upstanding men are coming together to rally support to help save America and liberate us from the failed policies of Barack Obama," organizers announced in a fundraising e-mail detailing the "limited number" of tickets.
Arpaio, who has said he might run for president, is best known in conservative circles for his opposition to the Obama administration's immigration policy. Wurzelbacher became famous when he met Obama at the end of the 2008 campaign and told him he was concerned for his small business given the Democrat's planned economic policy. He has since gone on television, attended conservative events and campaigned for primary candidates in 2010. Miller, who defeated Sen. Lisa Murkowski in a GOP primary last summer, ultimately lost that Alaska Senate race after a lengthy legal challenge to Murkowski's write-in campaign. Alaska sources have said Miller may attempt to run in a House primary this cycle.
In addition to the $2,012 VIP level that includes a dinner, photos with the "Joes" and signed memorabilia, attendees of the March event can buy "executive level" tickets for $500 and general "patron level" tickets that get you hors d'oeuvres and admission for $212.
"In the coming days we'll also be announcing some very special conservative leaders who will also be guests at this event which will be an evening you won't forget," added Tiffiny Ruegner, the campaign's vice president. Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama also will reveal at the event its first television ad for the 2012 presidential race.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
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