Guiliani Fundraiser Charges $9.11 Per Person

26 09 2007

Presidential hopeful Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) criticized the organizers of a Guiliani fundraiser charging $9.11 per guest. According to an Associated Press report, a Guiliani spokeswoman claims the fundraiser was held without the knowledge of the caimpaign.

Democratic presidential candidate Chris Dodd said Tuesday a fundraising party for Republican Rudy Giuliani seeking $9.11 each from guests exploits the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks for political purposes.

Dodd called on Giuliani to refuse the money raised at the event, saying the theme “is absolutely unconscionable, shameless and sickening.” A Giuliani spokeswoman said the $9.11 idea was selected without the campaign’s knowledge.

“Mr. Giuliani was quick to express much vitriol for the independent ad created by MoveOn.org last week; we would hope he would express the same kind of outrage and indignation about this group that he is the beneficiary of,” Dodd said in a statement released by his campaign.

Giuliani and other GOP presidential candidates strongly criticized the liberal, anti-war group MoveOn.org for a full-page advertisement the group bought in The New York Times [NYT]. The ad included the headline “General Petraeus or General Betray Us?,” a reference to Gen. David Petraeus, the U.S. commander in Iraq.

Dodd also said Giuliani “should reject and/or return any money raised” through the party, which is to be held Wednesday night at the home of Abraham Sofaer in Palo Alto, Calif. Giuliani’s campaign is sponsoring house parties across the country that night for the candidate’s backers.

Sofaer said he had nothing to do with the decision to ask for the $9.11.

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