Tuesday, December 11, 2012

$60 - $5,000 for Public to Participate in Public Process

On Friday, December 14, 2012 at 7 AM it will be a "Virtual Who's Who of Montgomery, Maryland Politics".  There's just one very important "who" that will be missing.  That's YOU, the public.  It simply isn't enough to show up on election day and vote, you also have to show up with the cash at the myriad of breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and parties that occupy a significant amount of time of our elected leaders if you want to get their attention. 
This is the way things get done in Montgomery County.  And, they aren't done in the public view, and they aren't free. 
And, here's the catch:  Who is paying for Board of Education members and MCPS administrators to attend this event?  If they attend, will YOU be paying for their breakfast? Who is paying for the County Councilmembers and County Executive to attend?
Question:  How much of this "Virtual Who's Who" is being paid for by taxpayers?

Ticket and table prices:
Individual - $60
Supporter - $600 (This level is available to 501(c)(3) organizations only)
Table of 10, table signage, program listing
Bronze Patron - $750
Table of 10, table signage, program listing
Silver Patron - $1,000
Table of 10, preferred seating, table signage, logo display, program listing
Gold Patron - $1,500
Table of 10, seating near head table, table signage, logo display, program listing
Platinum Patron – $2,500
Table of 10, seating next to head table, table and additional signage, logo display, enlarged program listing, introduction and recognition from the podium
Diamond Patron - $5,000
Table of 10, seat at the head table, table and additional signage, logo display, enlarged program listing, introduction and recognition from the podium

Media Contact: Barbara Henry 240.893.0048 (Committee for Montgomery);
On the morning of event, contact: Steve Simon,[Former Public Relations for Superintendent Jerry Weast] 240-461-0333.
A media table will be provided and members of the media are asked to sign in upon arrival

Md. House Speaker Busch, U.S. Senator Cardin, U.S. Rep. Van Hollen,
County Executive Leggett, New County Council Pres. Navarro [Former Board of Education member and 2 year President],
State Sen. Raskin, Delegate Kaiser among Headliners at
Annual Committee for Montgomery Legislative Breakfast

Yearly Event is a Virtual ‘Who’s Who’ of Montgomery, Maryland Politics
That Precedes Kickoff of 2013 Maryland General Assembly Session

Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 – 7 a.m.

(Breakfast and networking begins at 7 a.m.; Program begins at 8 a.m.)

Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center

5701 Marinelli Road, Bethesda

A crowd of 600-plus elected officials, government and business representatives, and community leaders from throughout Montgomery County and the State of Maryland will be on hand for the Committee for Montgomery’s annual legislative breakfast. A virtual “who’s who” of Montgomery County and Maryland elected officials, and community leaders, the breakfast traditionally kicks off local advocacy efforts for the upcoming Maryland General Assembly session.

Featured speakers at this year’s event will include Maryland Speaker of the House Michael Busch, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, County Executive Isiah Leggett, County Council President Nancy Navarro, and the two heads of the Montgomery County delegations in Annapolis: State Senator Jamie Raskin and Delegate Anne Kaiser.

The Committee for Montgomery is a coalition of leaders representing a broad cross-section of Montgomery County business, labor, education, civic and community-based organizations. Its mission is to advocate in Annapolis on issues of importance to Montgomery County. Committee for Montgomery Chair Dan Wilhelm will outline the committee’s legislative priorities for the 2012 Maryland General Assembly.

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