Rendell: Dems Short $10M for Convention
According to Ed Rendell, a former governor of Pennsylvania and chariman of the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Committee, the party is allegedly short $9.5 million of their $64 million goal.
The Hill reports:
Another source told Buzzfeed the deficit is closer to $16 million.
“It’s a legitimate gap, but we’re touching every base to fill it,” Rendell said.
Rendell cited not receiving money from the city of Philadelphia or the federal government as reasons for the gap.
“It’s been a heavy lift,” he said.
Rendell also blamed presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, whom he said has made companies wary of donating to the Republican National Committee. Companies that donate to the conventions often give to both the Republicans and Democrats to keep from being seen as biased.
In 2012, the Democratic convention in Charlotte, N.C., fell about $25 million short, which the DNC had to make up.
“We’re determined to not let that happen,” Rendell said.
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