Las Vegas casino sues Tea Party Nation

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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A Las Vegas casino has filed suit against Tea Party Nation, the organization that hosted the well-publicized Tea Party Convention last year, according to a news report.

The Las Vegas Review Journal reported that the Venetian Casino Resort is suing the Tennessee-based Tea Party organization for $642,144. Tea Party Nation canceled a planned convention at the hotel last summer. (FreedomWorks endorses Adam Hasner in Florida Senate race)

The newspaper says 1,637 room nights were reserved at the hotel. “According to a contract attached to the complaint, the reservation included an agreement by Tea Party Nation to pay the resort $579,148 in the event of a cancellation, of which the resort alleges the group still owes $554,148. An 18 percent interest charge added $87,996 to the amount the resort wants to collect,” the Review Journal reported.

The leader of Tea Party Nation, Judson Phillips, told The Daily Caller that he’s hasn’t seen the lawsuit yet. He declined to comment.

But at the time of the cancellation last year, Phillips, whose organization put together the much-hyped Nashville convention featuring Sarah Palin, told TheDC that the economy was keeping people from being able to buy tickets to the event and travel to Nevada. Ticket prices were set at $399 for the weekend, or $125 for Saturday attendance only.

“Ticket sales were simply not sufficient to support the convention,” Phillips said then.