Facing Budget Shortfall, Democrats Cut Back On Their National Convention
Just so we’re clear, the Democrats aren’t meeting fundraising goals, which has created a revenue shortfall in the budget for their national convention. But unlike in the halls of Congress, where Democrats demand more spending as “stimulus” (and higher taxes), within their party Democrats are responding to the shortfall with…spending cuts.
If only we could get Democrats to be as pragmatic with our tax dollarsas they are with their political contributions..
Democrats canceled a political convention kick-off event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway and will move the activities to Charlotte’s main business district, the convention’s host committee announced. …
The move comes as party planners are grappling with a fundraising deficit of roughly $27 million, according to two people familiar with the matter who requested anonymity to discuss internal party politics. With a party ban on direct contributions from corporations, the host committee has raised less than $10 million, well short of its $36.6 million goal, said one of the people. …
In January, Steve Kerrigan, chief executive officer of the convention committee, said that Democrats were shortening their convention from four days to three “to make room for a day to organize and celebrate the Carolinas, Virginia and the South and kick off the convention at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Labor Day,” Sept. 3.
Kerrigan also announced that Obama would accept his party’s nomination at the almost 74,000-seat Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers professional football team. The outdoor finale would echo Obama’s convention speech at Invesco Field in Denver four years ago.
Funny how things change when you’re spending your own money as opposed to other people’s money.
Anyway, this combined with the dozen or so elected Democrats nationally who say they’re skipping the convention entirely is developing into an inconvenient narrative for our friends on the left.Tags: Barack Obama, charlotte, democrat national convention, democrats, election 2012