Friday, June 10, 2005

Obey Gets Help from Edwards

U.S. Rep. Dave Obey has a fundraiser with former veep candidate John Edwards scheduled for Sunday in Wausau. Obey will introduce Edwards at the Plaza Hotel in Wausau at 1:30 p.m. and the senator will speak and answer questions from the audience. The event is expected to last two hours and is Edwards' only stop. "Gold Circle" members of Obey's "Better Way Club" may attend a reception before the speech, and Edwards is expected to sign autographs at 3:30 p.m. Individuals may attend for a cost of $50 and couples will be charged $75. Those are annual membership fees.

"The Better Way Club is Dave Obey's individual fundraising arm," says campaign treasurer Marlys Matuszak. "He started it in the early '70s as a better way to raise individual dollars." Last year's speaker was author Jim Hightower. Previous speakers include Congressman John Lewis, Sen. Edward Kennedy and then-First Lady Hillary Clinton.

"It really gives the audience the chance to meet people of national stature and ask them basically anything they want," Matuszak says.