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Ca$hing in on 9.11

I like to rag on Rudy Giuliani for his shameless exploitations of the events of 9/11. He does it with such frequency that one has to wonder if he does in fact suffer from some sort of 9/11 Tourette's. But there was always one area where the exploitation thankfully never really delved into and that was fund raising. Sure he would use his 9/11 celebrity to garner all sorts of lucrative speaking engagements but he never overtly linked 9/11 to his pandering for money.

So much for that.
A supporter of Rudy Giuliani's is throwing a party that aims to raise $9.11 per person for the Republican's presidential campaign.

Abraham Sofaer is having a fundraiser at his Palo Alto, Calif., home on Wednesday, when Giuliani backers across the country are participating in the campaign's national house party night.

But Sofaer said he had nothing to do with the "$9.11 for Rudy" theme.

The Rudy campaign has since tried to distance itself from this saying it was an independent initiative not associated with America's Mayor. And though they've disavowed the stunt, it doesn't mean they won't still reap the rewards since they've yet to indicate whether that will accept the proceeds.

What I don't get is: why such a low figure? Most of these types of events pull in upwards of $1,000 a head. Why not go for the obvious $911? Even at that price it would have been decent discount.

Maybe they were testing the waters to see the reaction to such a blatant case of exploitation. If it received a tepid response, which it looks to have aside from expected condemnation from the blogosphere and Chris Dodd, we might be in for a significant markup in the "$'s for Rudy" campaign.

Then again, it may just be a sign of the times. Rudy has so flooded the landscape with references to 9/11 that he's forced to hawk it for less than the price of a previously-viewed movie at Blockbuster. And just like most of those ill-advised, direct-to-video sequels, I have feeling will be in for more of this sort of thing as the campaign season progresses.

Update: More from Hunter.

(Filed at State of the Day)

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