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MJ Memorial Donations -- Next to Nothing

7/8/2009 8:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The city of Los Angeles has only received $17,000 of the $1.4 million it cost to put on Michael Jackson's memorial -- but it's not because MJ fans are cheap ... it's because of the complete failure of the official donation website.

MJ Memorial Donations -- Next to Nothing

The press release from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says, "The city's Information Technology Agency could not handle the high volume of traffic or adequately respond to receive contributions for several hours Tuesday afternoon ... for at least 12 consecutive hours Tuesday evening ... and periodically throughout Wednesday morning."

So Villaraigosa is begging MJ fans to go back to the websiteand cough up a donation -- but please, not all at once.


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Ugh    

And that is a surpise because????!!!!

1901 days ago
2.

BigFM    

First 1!

1901 days ago
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dreem    

geeez....

1901 days ago
4.

engel    

Why doesn't the family pay for this.?This is crazy!!

1901 days ago
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Ugh    

MJs fans are as broke as he was. LMFAO!

1901 days ago
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danielle    

i dont CARE!!!!!

1901 days ago
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Simone    

How many funerals does the city of LA normally pay for, let alone one's that cost over $5,000?

1901 days ago
8.

EB    

money, money, money, MONEY!!!!!!!!

1901 days ago
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JustInTime    

WTF...donations?? I'll make a note of that - have my kids charge a door fee at my memorial to cover the cost of the bar. Why couldn't the cost be paid from the deceased's estate like with everyone else???

1901 days ago
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Medley    

Why did they need to go begging to the public in the first place? If the Jackson family and AEG wanted to put on this big memorial they should be the ones to pay for it and the associated costs such as the police escorts and protection.

1901 days ago
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mickey lou    

Former gang banger, 4 time flunkie of the bar mayor viagra should call upon all MJ's good friends in Hollywood. What about Liza & Liz? the Jackson family? Al Sharpon & Jesse Jackson should be able to shake someone down & ishame someone into picking up the tab.

1901 days ago
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dodgelover    

Why doesn't the family members of Michael Jackson pick up the tab. Why should tax payers be responsible for something that they organized. They've got more money than the state of California does.

1901 days ago
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too sad    

did the jackson family donate at all ???
they should cough it all up !!!!!!!

1901 days ago
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costanza    

Despite the budget crisis, LA and CA should gladly pay the tab. Look at how much money MJ made for the city in taxes and the number of out of towners who, while coming to pay tribute, stimulated the LA economy

1901 days ago
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Tracey    

All that money they are going to make from his re-released albums should be enough

1901 days ago
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