Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Corporations funding $500,000 tab for National Speakers Conference in Maryland

The tab for the 2010 National Speakers Conference -- hosted this year by Maryland House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) -- is expected to top $500,000, organizers say. And the bills for it will be paid by a few dozen local and national corporations, almost all of which have business before legislatures in Maryland and other states.

... Marceline White, executive director of the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, said it is unfortunate that nonprofit groups such as hers do not have the same opportunity.

"There's a real need to hear what's happening on the ground, from poverty advocates and consumer advocates," she said. "Those are important voices for speakers to hear. It seems like a real missed opportunity." Full story here.

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