Tulsa Democrats opening their wallets for Vice President Joe Biden
By RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer

Given recent registration trends, Tulsa attorney Michael Whelan figures the more Democrats in one place, the better.

So Whelan, a member of the DNC’s national finance committee, persuaded officials to sponsor a Tulsa fundraising event with a high-profile headliner and a relatively low contribution.

The result is a 2 p.m. reception Tuesday at the Summit Club featuring Vice President Joe Biden. Ostensibly, the minimum contribution is $250, which is fairly low for such events, but Whelan says a few students and others will get in for less.

“Typically, these kinds of events are in smaller rooms,” he said. “One of the things I really pushed to the DNC was that we could still hit the goal, but open it up to a bigger part of the community. We want as many people to be able to participate as possible.”

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