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Wilmington, OH Charities Still Waiting For Glenn Beck's Check

Reported by Ellen - January 25, 2011 -

Remember how Glenn Beck went to the depressed town of Wilmington, OH last month and charged a fortune for people to watch his radio show ($125) or to have breakfast with him and watch the radio show ($500)? How Beck said that the "net proceeds" would go to local non-profits? Well, those non-profits are still waiting for those "net proceeds."

As the Wilmington News Journal (found via Media Matters) reported,

Beck’s live television broadcast at the Murphy Theatre sold out all 860 seats at $125 apiece. By that count, the box office income alone could have exceeded $100,000. (Producers from the Glenn Beck Program did not return phone calls or email messages seeking comment or clarification.) And an early morning breakfast with the talk-show host cost 70 of his fans $500 a plate.

Eric Boehlert at Media Matters figured that with ticket sales for the sold-out "Christmas" show in Wilmington raking in another $100,000, plus the $3,500 from the breakfast, plus an estimate of the not-sold-out radio broadcast selling only half its tickets adding $50,000 more, Beck would have raised nearly $300,000 in ticket sales. Even after theater costs and "pizzas by the dozens" that the Beck staff ordered, there should be a tidy sum for Wilmington charities.

But not only has the money not been received more than a month later, The Wilmington News Journal noted that Beck's producers "did not return phone calls or email messages seeking comment or clarification."

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