How much does an OC GOP endorsement cost nowadays? About $200 according to this Los Angeles Times article.
Looks like a shakedown, if you ask me.
For the first time, the county’s GOP is requiring incumbent candidates to join a special party association and pay a $200 membership fee if they want to receive the party’s “early endorsement.”
The designation would give the candidates an early edge against Republican challengers in local races, offering them official GOP bragging rights during the campaign and for fundraising. In local elections, where voters are often unfamiliar with the candidates and media coverage is scarce, a party endorsement is a powerful signal to voters.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m happy to know that the Orange County Democratic party still hands out their endorsements based on merit and ability.[Los Angeles Times]