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House GOP Fundraisers Put a Price On Honors
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The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Subjects: Awards & honors; Criticism; Fund raising
Author: Weisman, Jonathan
Date: Feb 22, 2003
Start Page: A.01
Section: A SECTION

[Marie Schum-Brady] then contacted Washington Post columnist Mary McGrory, who inquired about the invitation. NRCC special projects coordinator Adam Fromm called to say there had been a "terrible mistake" and that Schum-Brady could attend without paying. She plans to attend the meeting at the J.W. Marriott Hotel next week.

It is not just some recipients who are angry. Lawyers for Dow Jones & Co., owner of the Wall Street Journal, contacted NRCC officials before Christmas to ask them to stop using the Journal masthead, saying they were "misstating a connection between the award and the Wall Street Journal," said Brigitte Trafford, a Dow Jones spokeswoman. [Bob Flesch] said he received his "Wall Street Journal" ad fax this month. Trafford said Dow Jones lawyers would be back in contact with the NRCC.

Christine Berk-Carlton, owner of Transformations Tanning and Skin Care Studio in Lake Mary, Fla., said she framed her faxed award and proudly posted on her Web site that she had been appointed to serve on the NRCC Business Advisory Council. The Republican activist said an honor is not supposed to come with a price tag, but she figures that since she resisted the sales pitch, she made the most it.

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