When it comes to Ann Coulter, controversy is a given.
And controversy is exactly what the Republican pundit has brought to the University in the form of a dispute between UNC’s College Republicans and Student Congress.
The College Republicans decided Monday to postpone Coulter’s speaking event following Student Congress’ allocation of funds on Aug. 30 for the event.
Student Congress appropriated $5,000 in student fees for the event, coupled with an additional loan of $15,000, provided it was paid back by June 30.
But $5,000 was simply not enough money, said College Republicans’ Chairman Greg Steele.
Coulter’s speaking fee is $20,000, excluding travel and other expenses, he said.
“I feel like we really got gypped,” Steele said. “I don’t see how it is justified to make us raise that much money to pay back. And we just can’t find a way to do that — that’s why we’re pushing the event back and starting all over again.”
The organization scheduled Coulter to speak Sept. 20. Now, the organization hopes to host the event in late October, Steele said.
In order to do this, Steele said the organization plans to reject the allocated funds and submit a new request to Student Congress.
Leah Josephson, a district six representative in Student Congress, said that to have any more money allocated for the event, members of the College Republicans will have to show that they have made more of an effort in fundraising.