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More Exclusive California Clubbing for Kristi Noem

If it's February, it's time for Kristi to fly to California!

Last February, Rep. Kristi Noem took a break from the grind of flying back to the farm to instead attend a swanky Laguna Beach cocktail party. This year, Rep. Noem is heading back for more California schmoozing, this time with the Lincoln Club of Orange County. From the LCOS website:

Members Mixer

  • Start: February 23, 2012 5:15 PM
  • End: February 23, 2012 7:00 PM
  • Cost: Members - $25; Guests of Members - $40
  • Organizer: Clare Venegas, Executive Director
  • Phone: 949-451-4115
  • Email:
  • Venue: The Pacific Club
  • Address: (Google Map) 4110 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach, CA, United States

$40 for non-members? Not bad... although it suggests how much Kristi's stock drops when she's not accompanied by someone with real power, like Speaker John Boehner, whose pix-and-pancakes appearance with Noem last summer in Sioux Falls was worth $500 a head.

But check out the fine folks Kristi is picking over the crowd that evening. Members of the Lincoln Club pay $3900 a year for the privilege of networking and closed-door discussions with our leaders as they limit government, lower taxes, and expand (their own) freedom. I can't find current membership dues for the Pacific Club, but back in 1987, folks paid a $12,500 membership fee and $195 monthly fee for the privilege of feeling better than their neighbors. In 2006, about 700 members paid $2.78 million in membership dues and assessments.

Pretty upscale, Kristi. Be sure to check the Pacific Club dress code.