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Special interest groups double dip at RNC, DNC conventions

Comcast welcoming DNC attendees. (Image credit: Sunlight Instagram)
Follow Libby's journey through the DNC here. Unsurprisingly, there are some events at the DNC in Philadelphia that you wouldn’t see at the RNC. Gun control groups like Everytown and Americans for Responsible Solutions are hosting events in Philadelphia, whereas the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation’s “Stars and Stripes Shoot-Out” at the RNC was sponsored by the National Rifle Association. But if you’re also attending the DNC after last week’s RNC, and are looking to party, you’ll find some familiar names popping up. In Cleveland last week, we attended the ...

New report: Democratic convention fueled by private donations

Roll call of the 2008 DNC convention. (Image credit: Wikipedia)

Massive private fundraising and special interests groups made the show go during last week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Now it’s the Democrats’ turn in Philadelphia. The fundraising and donations for both party conventions are detailed in reports from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG). While this week’s convention may be in another city, have a different cast of characters and feature a different party platform, it appears that the Democrats, like the GOP, are relying on big checks – upwards of $100,200 per person – ...

Shalabh Kumar gives nearly $900,000 to Trump Victory

Donald Trump's campaign and the RNC got a major financial boost with a massive $898,800 contribution from Indian-American industrialist — and longtime GOP ally — Shalabh Kumar.

Donations this big are possible thanks to Trump’s joint fundraising committee with the RNC and multiple state GOP parties, which can accept contributions as high as $449,400; both Kumar and his wife gave the maximum amount allowed under campaign finance law. Kumar, the founder of the Republican Hindu Coalition, told The Hill that he agreed with Trump's tough stance on Pakistan and his views on Muslim profiling. ...

New report shows GOP turning to deep-pocketed private donors to fund 2016 convention

How many deep-pocketed individuals have ponied up $100,200 — the maximum limit allowed — to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland? How many millions in private funds has the GOP raised to pay for this year's event? How much of that money came from high-dollar donors?

The answer to these questions and a number of others are in the Guide to Convention Funding: Cleveland GOP Convention, released by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Education Fund just in time for the RNC convention this week.

This brief, clear-cut report gives a snapshot of ...

Big money fuels expensive party conventions

Republican National Convention in 2012; Image credit: Flickr user Think Out Loud

Party conventions have fewer viewers, less suspense (now that nominees are weeded out through primaries), and now, thanks to a 2014 repeal of public financing of conventions (except for security funds), no longer receive any public financial support. Yet, this summer's 2016 Republican and Democratic conventions are expected to smash spending records, according to Public Citizen, a nonprofit watchdog group that yesterday released a report calling this year’s conventions a “free-for-all” in which “party bosses turn entirely to corporations and the very wealthy” to foot ...