As students enjoy summer break, it is an important time for chapter leaders of conservative groups on campus to consider speakers to appear on campus during the next school year. Unfortunately, some groups are unable to meet the price demands or get funding from their university for someone like Ben Shapiro ($20,000 according to YAF’s website), Greg Gutfeld, Ann Coulter, or Dana Perino. However, there are alternative options for students wanting to bring in a speaker without completely breaking the bank.
After being a victim of sexual assault in college, Kimberly Corban became an advocate for the Second Amendment. In her speeches she talks about what happened the night she was assaulted, the immediate aftermath, and her 2016 appearance on a CNN town hall where she spoke with President Obama about the issue of sexual assault. Another one of Corban’s talking points is the issue of campus carry, which she believes would have prevented her from being sexually assaulted.
Her fee is $2,500— including travel and food costs.
As a Fox News contributor and an editor at townhall.com, Katie Pavlich is a fierce defender of the First and Second Amendments. During her YAF lectures on guns, she talks about the current issues involving the Second Amendment and how she was unable to take her gun to college. Pavlich is an advocate for campus carry, like Corban, pointing out how some college students have been brutally murdered or sexually assaulted just walking back to their cars, saying that if those students had guns, the incidents would not have happened.
According to YAF, Pavlich’s speaking fee is less than $5,000.
Katherine Timpf is a correspondent for the Greg Gutfeld Show, a Fox News Contributor, and an editor for National Review. She describes herself as a libertarian and advocates for limited government on both social and fiscal issues. With Timpf you can choose a predetermined topic for her to speak about or she will talk about her career, which started in her hometown of Detroit before moving to Los Angeles and then to New York City.
Her speaking fee is $8,500— including travel and food costs.
Ed Meese is best known for being the Attorney General during Ronald Reagan’s second term as President. He was also one of President Reagan’s closest advisors while Reagan was the Governor of California, and was a Counselor to the President during Reagan’s first term.
According to YAF it will cost less than $5,000 to bring Meese to campus.
As the NRA spokeswoman, Dana Loesch is very prominent on television and is one of the biggest defenders of the Second Amendment. She is also known for starting the tea party movement in the St. Louis area. In 2012, Loesch was awarded the Accuracy in Media’s Grassroots Journalism award and the inaugural Breitbart Spirit Award.
Dana Loesch‘s price is currently listed in the $5,000-$10,000 range on YAF’s website. Anyone wanting to bring her to campus should keep an eye on that price in case it changes.
Bay Buchanan has been a prominent fixture in the Republican Party since the 1980’s. She served as the campaign finance chair on Reagan’s 1980 and 1984 Presidential campaigns. She transitioned into the role of Secretary of the Treasury during Reagan’s first term before serving on all three of her brother, Pat Buchanan’s, presidential campaigns and as the Senior Adviser to Mitt Romney’s 2012 Presidential campaign.
Buchanan’s speaking fee is less than $5,000 according to YAF’s website.
More Tips For A Successful Event
For chapters that are just getting started on campuses, having a successful first event is crucial for growth. Everyone in the chapter needs to promote the event. This includes hanging up posters, chalking the quad, and handing out flyers to students in person. Another way to get more people in attendance is to announce a giveaway of giftcards or even conservative merchandise.
These speakers are great to bring in for conservative chapters getting started on campus. The larger the audience is for the speakers, the more likely it is that the college will be willing to give your organization more money to bring in speakers who cost more, like Ben Shapiro or Greg Gutfeld, in the future.
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