Thats a lot of tea bags! Charges of Profiteering Mar Tea Party Convention Plans -- Politics Daily A convention that promised to bring together the grassroots groups that make up the Tea Party movement is embroiled in controversy as planners spar over concerns about profiteering and the expense of the event, the New York Times reports. When the conference's $549 ticket price was announced, many Tea Partiers complained that it was becoming just another establishment money-making scheme. Sarah Palin alone is rumored to be making $100,000 or more for her keynote speech at the Nashville event next month. Wow! some grassroots Why can't Palin speak for free so that the overburdened taxpayers don't need to shell out so much money?