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What will it cost to meet President Trump in Utica?

President Trump's visit to Utica promises to be an exclusive affair, with $1,000 necessary just to get in the door.

Posted: Aug 8, 2018 12:19 PM
Updated: Aug 8, 2018 12:32 PM

UTICA - The White House confirmed to NewsChannel 2 that President Trump is scheduled to be in Utica on Monday to headline a fundraiser for Congresswoman Claudia Tenney.

If you get an invitation, you might want to crack open the piggy bank, or maybe sell the house. It's pricey, but not in comparison for other similar events around the nation.


A copy of the invitation to President Trump's Utica fundraiser for Rep. Claudia Tenney

Some are calling the race for the 22nd Congressional District seat one of the most competitive in the nation, an idea confirmed by the prospect of a visit. While these prices might leave our jaws on the floor, Tenney says it's her understanding that this is the least expensive fundraiser Trump has ever attended.

For $15,000 per individual donors are able to attend the reception, and will receive a roundtable and photo with the President. For $5,000 per person you get can attend the reception and get a photo. For $1,000 you get to attend the reception. It does not sound like a quick visit.

Tenney says she is planning on getting the most of this rare Presidential visit to Utica.

“What we know is that he is coming to Utica,” Tenney said Wednesday morning. “As far as we know, it's a fundraiser. We're hoping he's going to make some stops. We hope that he's going to be able to meet with some key people in our community. Hopefully we'll get him to meet with a farmer, hopefully we'll get him to meet with some businesspeople…”

Tenney says she is getting calls from people willing to spend $50,000, which she says is standard fare, for a roundtable. She said she's getting interest locally and from outside the area.

"President Donald Trump's historic visit to the Mohawk Valley is symbolic of the importance he and I place on serving the forgotten people of upstate New York. I have worked alongside our President to deliver tax cuts to middle-income families, secure our border, revitalize our manufacturing industry, and bring back jobs to our region. We are honored to have President Trump's commitment to continuing to deliver real results for our region's hardworking families, small businesses, family farms and veterans," said Tenney in an email release.

The location of the fundraiser is not being made public at this time. It will be provided to attendees upon RSVP.

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