Richmond, Virginia city government has been charging the Richmond Tea Party thousands of dollars since its inception for permits, extra police patrols, portajohns, stage permits in addition to requiring a very expensive insurance policy for the privilege of using the park at Kanawha Plaza for RTP’s Tax Day Tea Parties. I know first hand as the one time fundraiser for the early RTP.
But, the Occupy Richmond group has been assembled for several days in the very same park without any of the permits or facilities listed above.
To that end, yesterday the Richmond Tea Party issued a press release pointing out this double standard and is going to present Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones with an invoice to be reimbursed for these costs.
Update: The invoice is for $10,000
All Tea Party groups across the country should follow suit.