Report: DNC Committee Promised to Give Leftover Funds to Charity

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The Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention had pledged to donate money left over after the event to charity, according to a report published by Philly.com this weekend.

But the committee used about $1 million of that surplus money to hand out bonus checks (ranging between about $13,000 and $220,000) to its own staff (which was offered weekly salaries) last November.
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Wolf: Leftover DNC Money Should Have Gone to Taxpayers

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Gov. Tom Wolf says he is “disappointed” with how the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee of the Democratic National Convention spent funds left over after the event.

Last week, it was revealed that the host committee handed out more than $1 million in bonus checks to staff in November. The 12-person crew had raised more than $85 million for the four-day event held last summer – significantly more than its $60 million goal. Other than the bonus checks, some of the leftover funds were used for a $750,000 donation to the Philadelphia School District’s Right Books Campaign and for several $10,000 grants to various nonprofits.

But in a statement issued yesterday, Wolf said the committee should’ve prioritized taxpayers, who footed the largest portion of the event’s bill: $10 million.  Read more »

Philly DNC Host Committee Gave Out $1 Million in Staff, Volunteer Bonuses

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The Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention handed out about $1 million in bonus checks to staff and volunteers after the event wrapped up last summer.

The bonuses, pulled from funds left over after the convention, were distributed in November. Former Gov. Ed Rendell, who chaired the Host Committee, told Philly.com that he’d planned to hand out bonuses to committee staff all along – provided the committee had enough money left over afterward.  Read more »

Here’s Who Funded the Democratic National Convention in Philly

President Barack Obama and Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wave together during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wave together during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

Those who are still wondering who funded the Democratic National Convention in Philly this past July are finally getting some answers.

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Six Arrested After Sit-in at DNC Host Committee Offices



Six members of Reclaim Philadelphia were arrested yesterday after staging a sit-in at the offices of the Democratic National Convention’s Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee, demanding to see a list of convention donors.

Reclaim Philadelphia, a protest group comprised of “former Bernie staff,” according to its Facebook page, has been advocating for transparency among the DNC host committee. The group has also called for the resignation of three committee members: Ed Rendell, Daniel Hilferty and David Cohen.

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DNC Host Committee Encouraging Diverse Businesses to Enroll in Convention Registry

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“Our goal is to make this Convention the most inclusive yet, and we encourage any businesses and suppliers interested in participating to register,” said Kevin Washo, Executive Director of the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention. “We are excited to work with a diverse group of organizations to make this a historic and memorable event.”

Indeed, the DNC Host Committee is pulling out all of the stops to ensure that local, diverse businesses sign up to be part of the 2016 Democratic National Convention registry. This year, the Host Committee is placing a strong emphasis on businesses owned and operated by minorities, women, veterans, and members of the LGBT and disabled communities, to register for contract consideration. Read more »