Cleveland State profs can watch the presidential debate live – with a $2,000 check

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Two tickets and parking to see Barack Obama live: $5,000
In case you thought Cleveland State professors might be getting special treatment for tonight’s Obama-Clinton debate, fear not. Most will be stuck watching it on TV, just like all the other schleps not lucky enough to snag tickets. According to one source (who wanted to remain anonymous so he could keep his job) the professors received a mass e-mail kindly offering them $2,000 seats — or, if they wanted VIP parking, two tickets for $5,000. Checks were to be made out to the state Democratic Party, which is using the debate as a fundraising bonanza. The party is not, by the way, helping to pay for the event “None of the money is going to Cleveland State," party chairman Chris Redfern told the PD. But apparently the Party of the People isn’t exactly attuned to the people’s salary structure. What teacher has an extra $2,000 lying around? “We’re talking about a significant portion of our salaries,” the professor says. “Are you out of your mind?” – Lisa Rab

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