$2.1 Million Bid Wins Auction For Senators' Limbaugh Letter
October 19, 2007 at 1:07 PM (PT)
The winning bid for the letter sent by Democratic Senators to CLEAR CHANNEL's MARK MAYS asking him to repudiate RUSH LIMBAUGH's "phony soldiers" comment has come in at $2,100,100. LIMBAUGH is matching the bid, doubling the amount going to charity.
The winning bidder, "bettyc588" (philanthropist BETTY BROWN CASEY), will get the letter (signed by 41 Senators), the HALLIBURTON briefcase in which the letter is secured, a letter of thanks from LIMBAUGH, and a photo of RUSH brandishing the letter on stage in PHILADELPHIA on OCTOBER 11th. The proceeds are being donated to the MARINE CORPS LAW ENFORCEMENT FOUNDATION, on whose board LIMBAUGH serves.
LIMBAUGH said, "Our winning bidder, subject to the receipt of funds, is a wonderful woman named BETTY CASEY. As trustee of The EUGENE B. CASEY FOUNDATION, she gives significant sums to hospitals, hospices, colleges and private schools. These include The EUGENE B. CASEY DIABETES EDUCATION CENTER, The EUGENE B. CASEY SWIM CENTER, The EUGENE B. CASEY ACADEMIC CENTER and The CASEY HOME HOSPICE. She has also donated tens of millions from the foundation and her personal funds to the WASHINGTON OPERA.
"BETTY has been a listener to my program since its inception, and we can't thank her enough for her support. We’d also like to thank eBAY GIVING WORKS for allowing us to break their website in the closing moments of the auction, and AUCTION CAUSE, who was our consultant in prequalifying bidders and developing the auction."
"The EUGENE B. CASEY FOUNDATION believes freedom of speech is a basic right of every citizen of this country," a spokesperson for the FOUNDATION said. "Their purchase of the 'smear letter' was to demonstrate their belief in this right, and to support RUSH LIMBAUGH, his views and his continued education of us."