The 2008 Democratic National Convention

Dems to shun corporate, lobbyist donations at convention

Organizers say 2012 will be the first DNC to be financed by grass-roots activists and rank-and-file members


Associated Press
February 5, 2011 4:16AM (UTC)

The Democratic National Committee plans to pay for its 2012 convention nominating President Barack Obama without donations from political action committees or corporations, a change from past gatherings.

The DNC said Friday that the convention would be the first financed by grass-roots activists and rank-and-file party members. DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse says the funding for the Charlotte, N.C., event would underscore the theme of the "People's Convention."

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In addition to banning all cash from registered lobbyists, the DNC also plans to ban donations of more than $100,000.

Since taking over the DNC, Obama's team has refused donations from lobbyists or political action committees. The party's central committee ended the year with almost $16 million in loans and debt, and $6 million in the bank.


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