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A DNC sister nonprofit offers firms ‘sponsorship opportunities’ to cover costs of event
While publicly pledging to refuse corporate money, the official host committee for this week’s Democratic National Convention has quietly and aggressively courted corporate donors — using a sister nonprofit that has been offering firms special “sponsorship opportunities” if they ponied up $1 million or more to help cover the costs of the event.
A 13-page marketing brochure obtained by NBC News shows how New American City, a nonprofit that is closely affiliated with the official Democratic convention host committee, offered package deals to corporate contributors — with different benefits starting at levels of $100,000 and escalating to the top “Tryon Street Level” of $1 million.
The companies that reached the seven-figure level got “naming rights” at “villages” set up for a Charlotte street festival that opened up the convention, as well as guarantees that “your logo will be featured prominently.” The firms also got to put up banners and logos at other convention-related events — such as delegate and media welcoming parties — as well as the chance to include their logos in gift bags that are being handed out to 6,000 delegates and over 15,000 members of the media.
The use of New American City to tap corporate funds appears to have worked. While Charlotte in 2012 has struggled to meet its $37 million fundraising goal, New American City has raised about $15 million from corporate donors that include Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Duke Power and Time Warner Cable, according to public statements by foundation and host committee officials.
The courtship of big corporate donors by New American City stands in contrast to much of the rhetoric that Democrats have used to describe this week’s Charlotte convention. By publicly stating that they wouldn’t take money from corporations and lobbyists — or any donations over $100,000 — for the official convention host committee, the Democrats have said they are holding a “people’s convention” unlike any that has come before it.
But campaign spending watchdogs say that the operations of New American City (the foundation accepts donations from lobbyists as well as corporations) reveal some of the Democrats’ claims to be hollow.
“It’s amazing how creative Democrats can be finding loopholes around their own rules,” said Bill Allison of the Sunlight Foundation, a group that has been tracking the role that corporations and lobbyists have played at both party’s conventions. “It’s the Super Bowl for special interests at the convention. We’re seeing it in Charlotte the same way that we saw it in Tampa.”
New American City is a nonprofit set up by Charlotte in 2012 — the name of the official host committee — initially to promote “Charlotte hospitality” and showcase the city’s reputation “as a New South City,” according to the marketing brochure. But it has much of the same staff as Charlotte in 2012 (the foundation’s finance and deputy finance director are the same) and many of the corporate funds that have gone to New American City have been used to pay expenses that would normally be covered by the official host committee.
Suzi Emmerling, who serves as spokeswoman for both groups, confirmed that New American City has paid “administrative costs” for the convention, such as the salaries and health care benefits of the host committee staff as well as delegate and media welcoming parties and the Charlotte street festival called CarolinaFest.
But Emmerling said that no corporate money has been used to pay for “official convention” costs as outlined in a contract signed by the Charlotte in 2012 with the Democratic National Committee. She also said that this year’s Democratic convention has gone further than any previous convention in attracting small individual donors, receiving 85 times more such contributions than the Democrats got in 2008.
“We’ve dramatically expanded the donor base,” she said. “We have gone further than any other convention in trying to keep out corporate money.”
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Corporate and lobbying money has long been a staple of political conventions of both parties; the Republicans placed no restrictions on taking such funds for its convention in Tampa. Moreover, while touting its enlarged base of smaller donors, the Democratic convention host committee has also made strong efforts to attract money from big party bundlers — many of whom have invaded Charlotte, taken over posh watering holes like the bar at the Ritz Carlton Hotel and who are attending many of the glitzy parties sponsored by big lobbying groups and corporations such as the Recording Industry Association, the Distilled Spirits Council and Google.
A separate package released by Charlotte in 2012 describes a range of packages offered to such party bundlers and big donors. A “Carolina Package” for those who raised $1 million entitled donors to “premier uptown hotel” rooms, concierge services, priority access for rental facilities and multiple “gold tickets” to convention events, including parties. Lesser packages for those raising $650,000, or $500,000 (the “Trustee Plus” package or the “Piedmont Package,” respectively) also got premier rooms and tickets to convention events, but fewer in number.
Despite the organizers’ promise to hold “the most transparent convention” in history and initial pledge to release the names of all donors in real time, the convention organizers now say they won’t release a complete list of the donors to either group until they are required to do under federal election law — next month, long after the convention is over.
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2012 Democratic National Convention
2012 Presidential Election
Obama and Biden
|Date(s)||September 4–6, 2012|
|City||Charlotte, North Carolina|
|Venue||Time Warner Cable Arena (September 4-6) |
|Chair||Antonio Villaraigosa (nominated)|
|Keynote Speaker||Julian Castro|
|Notable Speakers||Joe Biden
|Presidential Nominee||Barack Obama (presumptive)|
|Vice Presidential Nominee||Joe Biden (presumptive)|
|Other Candidates||Keith Russell Judd, Randall Terry, and John Wolfe, Jr.|
|Votes Needed for Nomination||2,778|
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The 2012 Democratic National Convention is a gathering, held from September 4 to September 6, 2012, in Charlotte, North Carolina in which delegates of the Democratic Party choose the party’s nominees for President and Vice President in the 2012 United States national election.
On April 3, 2012, President Barack Obama won the Maryland and District of Columbia primaries, giving him more than the required 2,778 delegates to secure the presidential nomination. He had previously announced that Vice President Joe Biden would be his vice presidential running mate in his re-election bid.
Choice of Charlotte for convention site
It was announced on February 1, 2011, by First Lady Michelle Obama in an email to supporters that Charlotte, North Carolina, had been chosen as the site for the 2012 Convention. The event is the first nominating convention of a major party held in North Carolina. Charlotte was one of four finalists announced by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) on June 30, 2010, the others being Cleveland, Minneapolis, and St. Louis. It is expected that Charlotte’s hosting of this event will generate more than $150 million for Charlotte and surrounding metropolitan areas and bring over 35,000 delegates and visitors. North Carolina was a close state in 2008, with Barack Obama winning the state’s 15 electoral votes by just 13,692 votes (out of more than 4.2 million votes cast) and Democrats Kay Hagan and Bev Perdue winning close elections for U.S. Senate and Governor, respectively.
All three dates of the convention will be held at the Time Warner Cable Arena. The last night, September 6, was originally scheduled to be be held at Bank of America Stadium, where presumptive presidential nominee Barack Obama was to deliver his acceptance speech. The venue was moved to the indoor arena due to “possible severe weather”. The date of Obama’s acceptence speech caused the National Football League to move the Kickoff game, normally on a Thursday, to Wednesday, September 5, to avoid a conflict. This in turn caused the DNC to move Joe Biden’s vice presidential acceptance speech, normally held the day before the presidential acceptance speech, to Thursday, before Obama’s speech, to avoid a conflict with the NFL game.
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Tuesday, September 4 – Julián Castro and Michelle Obama
The speakers for the day include:
- Barbara Lee, Representative for California’s 9th congressional district
- Claudia Kennedy, Lieutenant General (ret.)
- Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey
- Bev Perdue, Governor of North Carolina
- Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union
- Charlie Gonzalez, Representative for Texas’s 20th congressional district
- Nydia Velazquez, Representative for New York’s 12th congressional district
- Pat Quinn, Governor of Illinois
- Doug Stern, Firefighter from Cincinnati, Ohio
- Tim Kaine, Former Governor of Virginia and U.S. Senate Candidate
- Anthony Foxx, Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina
- Harry Reid, Senior Senator from Nevada and Senate Majority Leader
- Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader and Representative for California’s 8th congressional districtwith the Women of the House of Representatives including:
- Rosa DeLauro, Representative for Connecticut’s 3rd congressional district
- Carolyn Maloney, Representative for New York’s 14th congressional district
- Allyson Schwartz, Representative for Pennsylvania’s 13th congressional district
- Gwen Moore, Representative for Wisconsin’s 4th congressional district
- Nydia Velazquez, Representative for New York’s 12th congressional district
- Tulsi Gabbard, Former Honolulu, Hawaii City Councillor and U.S. House Candidate for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district
- Joyce Beatty, Former Minority Leader of Ohio State House of Representatives and U.S. House Candidate for Ohio’s 3rd congressional district
- Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States (via video)
- Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior.
- Joseph P. Kennedy III, U.S. House Candidate for Massachusetts’s 4th congressional district
- Robert Wexler, President of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace and Former Representative for Florida’s 19th congressional district
- R.T. Rybak, Mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Jared Polis, Representative for Colorado’s 2nd congressional district
- Maria Ciano, Stay-at-Home Mother and Former Republican Voter
- Nancy Keenan, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America
- Nate Davis, Xavier University – Director of Veteran’s Affairs
- Tammy Duckworth, Former Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. House Candidate for Illinois’s 8th congressional district
- Lincoln Chafee, Independent Governor of Rhode Island
- James Clyburn, Representative for South Carolina’s 6th congressional district
- Stacey Lihn, Mother
- Xavier Becerra, Representative for California’s 31st congressional district
- Ted Strickland, Former Governor of Ohio
- Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and Former Governor of Kansas
- Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago, Illinois and Former White House Chief of Staff
- Kal Penn, Actor and Associate Director, White House Office of Public Engagement
- Craig Robinson, brother of Michelle Obama and Basketball Coach for Oregon State University
- Maya Soetoro-Ng, half-sister of Barack Obama
- Lilly Ledbetter, Women’s rights activist
- Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts
- Martin O’Malley, Governor of Maryland
- Joaquín Castro, Texas State Representative and U.S. House Candidate for Texas’s 20th congressional district
- Julian Castro, Mayor of San Antonio, Texas
- Elaine Brye, Teacher from Winona, Ohio
- Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States
Wednesday, September 5 – Elizabeth Warren and Bill Clinton
The speakers for the day include:
- Luis Gutiérrez, Representative for Illinois’s 4th congressional district
- Diana DeGette, Representative for Colorado’s 1st congressional district
- John Pérez, Speaker of the California State Assembly
- Thomas Menino, Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts
- Judy Chu, Representative for California’s 32nd congressional district
- Steve Westly, Former State Controller and Chief Financial Officer of California
- John Larson, Representative for Connecticut’s 1st congressional district
- Ken Myers, Deputy Sheriff for Carroll County, Iowa
- Richard Trumka, President of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations
- Steve Israel, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman and Representative for New York’s 2nd congressional district
- Patty Murray, Senior Senator from Washington
- Pedro Pierluisi, Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico
- Tom Steyer, Co-founder of Advanced Energy Economy
- Charles Schumer, Senior Senator from New York
- Karen Bass, Representative for California’s 33rd congressional district
- Al Green, Representative for Texas’ 9th congressional district
- Emanuel Cleaver, Representative for Missouri’s 5th congressional district
- Dannel Malloy, Governor of Connecticut
- Denise Juneau, Montana State Superintendent of Public Instruction
- Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader and Representative for California’s 8th congressional district
- Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
- Barbara Mikulski, Senior Senator from Maryland
- Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education
- Johanny Adames
- Jim Hunt, Former Governor of North Carolina
- Harvey Gantt, Former Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina
- Elizabeth Bruce
- Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America
- Steny Hoyer, House Minority Whip and Representative for Maryland’s 5th congressional district
- Barney Frank, Representative for Massachusetts’s 4th congressional district
- Ed Meagher
- Eric Shinseki, U.S. Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs and Former Chief of Staff of the United States Army
- Michael Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado
- Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK
- Jack Markell, Governor of Delaware
- Karen Mills, Administrator of the Small Business Administration
- Bill Butcher
- Kamala Harris, Attorney General of California
- Benita Veliz, DREAM Act Activist
- Cristina Saralegui, Journalist, Actress and Talk-Show Host
- Sandra Fluke, Georgetown Law School Graduate
- Austin Ligon, Co-founder and Former CEO of CarMax Inc.
- Karen Eusanio
- Bob King, President of the United Auto Workers
- Randy Johnson, Cindy Hewitt and David Foster, Former Employees of Bain Capital
- Chris Van Hollen, Representative for Maryland’s 8th congressional district
- Jim Sinegal, Co-founder and Former CEO of Costco
- Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senate candidate for Massachusetts
- Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles, California and Chairman of the 2012 Democratic National Convention
- Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States
Thursday, September 6 – Joe Biden and Barack Obama
The speakers for the day include:
- Tammy Baldwin, Representative for Wisconsin’s 2nd congressional district and U.S. Senate Candidate.
- Charlie Crist Former Republican Governor of Florida
- Jennifer Granholm, Former Governor of Michigan
- Caroline Kennedy, Author and daughter of former President John F. Kennedy
- Eva Longoria, Actress and Obama Campaign Co-Chair
- Annise Parker, Mayor of Houston, Texas
- Brian Schweitzer, Governor of Montana
- John Kerry, Senior Senator for Massachusetts
- Joe Biden, Vice-President of the United States
- Barack Obama, President of the United States
Results of delegate voting
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|Delegates who did not vote|
Vice President Biden is scheduled to be renominated by voice vote.
Protest activity and policing
Protest activity and demonstrations are being anticipated at the convention. Over sixty organizations have gathered into a group known as The Coalition to March on Wall St. South, and have declared their intention to protest at the convention. The left-leaning coalition reflects the rhetoric and ideology of the Occupy Wall Street Movement, and several Occupations from North Carolina are endorsers of the coalition. Demonstrators say they want to call attention to the influence of corporations on politics as well as the role of the military-industrial complex in US politics; they have scheduled a dance party to honor imprisoned soldier Bradley Manning. One group of illegal alien workers is traveling to the convention via bus. They risk deportation if they are arrested for civil disobedience.
Charlotte has received a $50 million grant from the federal government for convention security. The city plans to spend $25 million on its police force. Some of the money has been allocated to police bicycles ($303,596), software ($61,000), and a ‘command center upgrade’ ($704,795). The city also plans to spend $937,852 on officers from neighboring forces.
In anticipation of protest activity, the city of Charlotte has also passed a variety of new laws. These include:
- Rules prohibiting camping on public property.
- Restricting the use of a list of different items: “cables, bars, projectiles, spray guns, breakable containers,” aerosol containers, fireworks, smoke bombs, pepper spray, mace, masks, scarves, body-armor, helmets, and police scanners.
These laws are permanent and will remain effective after the end of the convention. They may also have ramifications before the convention: namely, the eviction of Occupy Charlotte from its encampment downtown.
The DNC has been designated a National Special Security Event, which means that the Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security will do some of the policing. The Charlotte Police Department will be responsible for the areas outside the convention venues. Police note that it will be relatively easy to surround protestors in the city’s downtown business district, which is enclosed by expressway.
After North Carolina voters passed Amendment 1, on May 8, 2012, banning same-sex marriage in the state, several groups called for the DNC to pull the convention out of Charlotte. Unions have also complained about North Carolina’s labor laws. However, the DNC said that they will still proceed with their plans to hold it in the state.
The leader of the Democratic National Committee Debbie Wasserman Schultz verified in an interview that North Carolina was chosen due to the controversy in the state and stated that it is “a critical battleground”. When questioned about being able to raise the funds for the convention Schultz stated “We’re not having a hard time raising the funds”, contrary to reports.
Randall Terry, a vocal pro-life advocate and former Republican congressional and state senate candidate, received a large enough percentage of votes in the Oklahoma Primary to receive as many as seven delegates. However, the DNC has declared him as “illegitimate” because he failed to provide the proper documentation to the Oklahoma Democratic Party. As such, no Terry delegates will be in attendance. Keith Russell Judd and John Wolfe, Jr., who have also both qualified for delegates to the convention by virtue of their performances in West Virginia (in Judd’s case), Arkansas and Louisiana (in Wolfe’s), face similar obstacles to having their delegates seated. Wolfe commenced legal proceedings to have delegates in his name seated but lost his case one week prior to the start of the convention.
The Democratic Party announced in February 2011 that it would not accept corporate donations to fund the convention. This decision was made to increase the party’s populist appeal and create distance from Bank of America and the financial industry. As of June, 2012, the convention was $27 million short of its fundraising goals and consequently canceled some planned events. (The last DNC raised $33 million from corporate donors.)
Corporate sponsors can make in-kind donations such as transportation, as well as host parties. They can also donate to a non-profit called “New American City, Inc.”, which is run by the directors of the convention host committee. New American City, incorporated on April 4, 2011, exists to “defray administrative expenses incurred by the host committee organizations”. (The host committee, in turn, provides “goods, facilities, equipment and services”.)
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