$10,000 will buy you 12 tickets to a VIP reception honoring North Carolina lawmakers who just voted to tack abortion restrictions onto a motorcycle safety bill and to enact the most aggressive voter suppression law in the nation. Don’t have that much money lying around? That’s fine, the North Carolina Republican House Caucus Leadership fund is selling tickets to an upcoming country club fundraiser for as little as $150.
One group you probably will not see at this event, however, is black people.
That’s because the venue for this Republican fundraiser, the Carolina County Club in Raleigh, NC, just admitted its first African American members this month. Their first black members, an energy executive and her husband, reportedly are the first black people admitted to the club in its entire 103-year history.
Membership to this exclusive club is even more expensive than a ticket to the Republican Party’s VIP reception. The club reportedly requires joining fees of about $40,000 and monthly dues of over $600.