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War Erupts over MJ's Memorial Cost

7/9/2009 7:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The battle over the cost of Michael Jackson's memorial has officially begun -- as an L.A. city councilman and the president of AEG traded licks today about who's responsible for the ceremony's hefty price tag.

War Erupts over MJ's Memorial Cost

Councilman Dennis Zine told KTTV today that taxpayers "are getting ripped off" because AEG made $50,000 by charging the media to use risers outside the venue. Zine said AEG should grow a pair and cough up some cash.

AEG President Tim Leiweke immediately swung back, saying Zine was out of line because the company helped secure funds for the L.A. Lakers championship parade last month.

So the question is...

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.............    

blah!@@

1930 days ago
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Dawn    

dam i was close to first. dude they should cover the expenses

1930 days ago
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Cali23    

Cough up the dough. Last month was last month and the lakers have nothing to do with MJ. I loved MJ and it was a beautiful memorial but the honest truth is....if it were anyone else our families would have to cough it up for our burial.

1930 days ago
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Sooz    

TMZ you need to add the Jackson family to that poll! Why aren't THEY contributing???

1930 days ago
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Cali23    

And I forgot to add. It's not like AEG can't afford it. Look at all the cash they will be making when they release the DVD of MJ's rehersals and stuff...come on quit beating the cash cow he's dead and cough it up and move on.

1930 days ago
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whatever    

uhhhhhhhhhhh shouldn't the JACKSON family pay for THIER sons funeral/memorial?

1930 days ago
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Nicole    

Why arent the Wackson's paying for the funeral?? Hello?

1930 days ago
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alreadybad    

Thousands upon thousands of people came to and spent a lot of money in LA because of Michael. The bill has been paid.

1930 days ago
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jan UK    

I cannot believe that they are openingly arguing about payment .The world wanted it and either of them should be pleased to pay for all that he gave to America and the rest of the world.just let the family mourn in peace now, Jan UK

1930 days ago
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mom    

Ha Ha! California will end up paying the tab!! Bleeding heart Liberals--1 California--0. (Or 1.4 Million, but no matter which way you look at it, CALIFORNIA LOSES!!)

1930 days ago
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iamcuriousyellow    

Wake up, people!

Forget about this money crap.

Michael Jackson's ghost has been spotted at Neverland ("Larry King Live" has FOOTAGE) and in the Colombian village of Malambo (where it hung around for quite some time, the villagers say, and smelled rather bad).

He is sending us messages!!!!!!! He is ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!! And he smells really, really bad!!!!!!

1930 days ago
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HumanNature    

LA SHOULD FOOT THE BILL $10000000000000000000000000000000000%

1930 days ago
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haajara    

mj pay millions of dollar tax before his death...

1930 days ago
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tj    

The Jackson family should be paying for all of this crap..

1930 days ago
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lynn317    


Don't forget all the extra revenue and sales tax for LA generated from all those expenses and all the extra visitors from out of town. Hotel rooms, food, shopping ...etc. all bring extra funds into the city.

1930 days ago
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