CINCINNATI (TDB) -- Xavier University said today that opponents have already raised more money for progressive causes scorned by Ann Coulter than it cost the college Republican chapter to bring her to the school. Coulter is scheduled for a speaking engagement this week.
XU said Coulter's fee was $20,000, and pointed out that gay and feminist rights groups have raked a larger amount through a Web campaign called "Counter Coulter."
In effect, Coulter has become an effective fundraiser for the left. But she costs the right money to sponsor. Is that the law of diminished returns?
The school's official news site reported:
"Coulter, known for her particular brand of anti-liberal, often rancorous commentary, speaks at 7:00 p.m. (Thursday Sept. 6). At the same time, a 'Thank You Ann' rally organized by Equality Ohio and other progressive organizations, such as the National Organization for Women, is taking place on the campus green space. The rally is being billed not as a protest but as a celebration of other viewpoints, and the money raised, which now exceeds Coulter's $20,000 speaker's fee, will be given to humanitarian-focused student groups."
XU said Coulter's fee includes cash from the College Republicans, who collected donations, along with funds from the Young America's Foundation and the college's student government association.