Liberaland Flashback: Ryan Charged Constituents To Ask Him Questions

Posted by | August 19, 2012 12:33 | Filed under: Top Stories

Last summer Paul Ryan instituted a policy of charging to attend his town hall meetings.

The House Budget Committee chairman isn’t holding any face-to-face open-to-the-public town hall meetings during the recess, but like several of his colleagues he will speak only for residents willing to open their wallets…

It’s no secret why members of Congress would shy away from holding open town hall meetings — it’s no fun getting yelled at by angry constituents or having an uncomfortable question become an unfortunate YouTube moment.

By outsourcing the events to third parties that charge an entry fee to raise money, members of Congress can eliminate most of the riffraff while still — in some cases — allowing reporters and TV cameras for a positive local news story.

This policy began after Ryan was booed for promoting tax breaks for the wealthy at an April 2011 town hall event.

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By: Alan

Alan Colmes is the publisher of Liberaland.

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