You might ask yourself why Normandy? Well, a reader had the answer from Politico.com:
And:On a recent snowy day in the Washington suburb of Tysons Corner in Northern Virginia, some of the religious right’s wealthiest backers and top operatives gathered at the Ritz-Carlton to plot their entry into the conservative civil war.
Their plan: take a page out of the playbooks of Karl Rove and the Koch brothers by raising millions of dollars, coordinating their political spending and assiduously courting megadonors.
Plans in the works range from aggressive super PAC spending in primaries against Republicans deemed squishy on social issues, to holding a donor conference in Normandy, France, tied to the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.
Other ideas included the retreats, which are in some ways patterned off the twice-a-year seminars organized by the Kochs, as well as identifying a handful of key 2014 races where they could have a major impact, which would allow them to raise more in 2016 to back a socially conservative presidential candidate to take on presumed Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.
The side session was convened by Fischer, who has been meeting with donors and operatives around Washington pitching planned retreats at the Reagan Ranch in California and in Normandy. Fischer has spoken with several high-ranking retired military officers, including an Army general, about helping to draft a campaign spending strategy that borrows from military tactics, according to sources familiar with the plan, which is still in its formative stages.
My question is, why shouldn't the Republican Party pay for this Normandy trip? It is a trip being planned by the religious right. This is certainly a post for the barf meter. Let them go, they are no threat to anyone because they are too dumb to carry out an intelligent plan but WE SHOULD NOT GIVE A DIME FOR THIS RETREAT. THIS IS A POLITICAL TRIP NOT AN ITC TRIP. WHERE IS A GOOD LAWYER WHEN YOU NEED ONE.
THIS TRIP IS SO WRONG ON SO MANY LEVELS: TAX DOLLARS TO ATTEND A REPUBLICAN TEA PARTY/RELIGIOUS RIGHT PLANNED EVENT.
Video of Miami-Dade Economic Development & Port Miami Committee where Souto let the cat out of the bag.