Politico: Dems soliciting ads from lobbyists for its “official” convention magazine, corporate donations as well

posted at 1:16 pm on May 12, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama insists that corporations and lobbyists will have nothing to do with funding the Democratic National Convention, a requirement that has put convention organizers into an $20-million hole.  They recently tried to get unions to fill the gap, but apparently didn’t get much response from their sales pitch.  On Thursday, the co-chair of the convention told Politico that he’s certain the unions will write the big check … eventually:

“My belief is they will support us,” Rogers told POLITICO on Thursday. “I think the issue is not whether. I think the question is how much. And I hope that they step up and give us the same level of support which they did in the Denver convention.”

Democrats are about $20 million short of their $36.6 million fundraising goal for the convention in large part because of labor groups sitting on the sidelines, The Wall Street Journal reported last week. Unions gave about $8 million to support the 2008 DNC, but they’ve largely balked over Charlotte because North Carolina is a right-to-work state.

But Rogers, the CEO of Charlotte-based Duke Energy, said labor groups would be hurting themselves if they remained on the sidelines.

“For them to take a powder on the convention because it’s a right-to-work state is kind of sending a message that we’re really not interested in the unionization of people in right-to-work states,” he said. “And if that’s a signal they’d want to send, I don’t think that’s in their best interest because more and more states are moving to be right-to-work states.”

Actually, what it says is that unions don’t want to drop millions of dollars supporting cities and states with right-to-work laws.  If unions want to try organizing in Charlotte, they can do that directly and not put money into the hands of non-union shops.  That’s only one of the curious points of the DNC’s decision to stage the convention in North Carolina, a move that’s starting to look like a huge mistake, especially after over 20% of North Carolina Democrats refused to vote for Obama in the primary despite having no opponent in the race.  Almost 200,000 specifically chose “no preference” over Obama.

Rogers might still believe that unions will contribute, but he also apparently has a back-up plan.  Politico reports this morning that the publisher of the “official” convention magazine has hit up the American League of Lobbyists to buy some advertising, despite the supposed ban on their participation in the event:

 A publisher promoting an “official” national convention magazine for Democratic National Committee, which rejects political contributions from registered lobbyists, has asked theAmerican League of Lobbyists in an email and phone call to purchase an advertisement in its national convention magazine, the League confirms to PI. The ad ( http://bit.ly/K2r8Tk) for the “2012 Democratic National Convention Official Magazine,” being produced by the Connecticut-based H.O. Zimman Inc. publishing house, would cost between $15,000 and $25,000 depending on size. …

A representative from H.O. Zimman could not be reached for comment Friday. But in an email (http://bit.ly/K7cf6s) this week to the league, a company representative writes that the league “may be interested in visibility to this powerful audience … the publication will have very limited advertising.”

So far, the response to this sales pitch more or less matches the response from the unions … pound sand.  Howard Marlowe tells Politico that the league doesn’t have the money for that kind of advertising, but if it did, he’d buy one that tells Obama to “stop bashing lobbyists.”  Or at the very least, stop bashing lobbyists while issuing a snowstorm of waivers to hire them and finding backdoor ways to beg for money from them.

Meanwhile, the pledge against corporate money looks expired as well:

Democrats have trumpeted their ban on corporate donations to their national convention this summer, saying that it shows they are free from the influence of special interests.

But through a special fund, convention planners are accepting millions of dollars in corporate contributions to help pay for many of the activities outside the convention hall—as well as some expenses directly related to the event. Donors include Wells Fargo & Co., Bank of America Corp.and Duke Energy Corp., all significant employers in Charlotte, N.C., where the convention will be held in early September.

The fund, called New American City Inc., plans to raise more than $10 million to cover convention expenses, including salaries for convention workers, promotional materials and overhead. Costs also include entertainment for delegates and others, such as a welcoming party for the media that will feature celebrity performers and as many as 10,000 guests.

The new “evolution” from the DNC is that none of this money will go toward the formal nominating process, which consists of spending an hour or so polling the state delegations, or for Obama’s speech at, er, Bank of America Stadium on the last day of the convention.

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ladyingray on May 12, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Flushing money down the “O”.

Electrongod on May 12, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Guess bho/team needs to get with ‘sugar daddy soros’ to help out with the cash?

letget on May 12, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Time for another King Obama enemies list?

JPeterman on May 12, 2012 at 1:26 PM

How are ‘unions’ not corporations – nonprofit or otherwise?

locomotivebreath1901 on May 12, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Can’t Corzine help out here some way? He can’t have come close to laundering it all yet.

a capella on May 12, 2012 at 1:30 PM

So, they’ll take unions’ money but not corporations’ in order to show their not beholden to special interests… Talk about consistency.

drewwerd on May 12, 2012 at 1:33 PM

I love it when ‘a plan comes together’!!! Unions spent so much moola to recall Walker in Wisconsin, there’s none left in the till to bail out the convention. Have to admire the Dems for their sheer audacity to come begging, hat in hand, to lobbyists after bashing them repeatedly thoughout Obama’s term. I guess all the blame goes to Obama’s ego – wanting to swing NC again and have plenty of room in BofA stadium for his greek columns. Epic failure for this narcissistic twit!!!

Bob in VA on May 12, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Hot Gasser Immolate 62’s redesign of the Dem convention logo seems apt.

de rigueur on May 12, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Maybe NC guvnah “Bev” Perdue can (illegally) raid some funds, as she and her democrat predecessors have been doing for decades, to fill the gap.

SouthernGent on May 12, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Given what’s happening to Obama’s official enemies, this should be marketed as “buying protection.”

Drained Brain on May 12, 2012 at 1:55 PM

They are sooo regretting that NC convention decision.

4Grace on May 12, 2012 at 1:59 PM

If all else fails, look to China…like Clinton/Gore…or squeeze out a little of that Obama Stash.

jan3 on May 12, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Desperate for cash?
Maybe but it makes no difference they would be soliciting anyway. The Dems think government is their personal small business. Like an industry to make money!!!!!

sonnyspats1 on May 12, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Clooney strangely silent.

BHO Jonestown on May 12, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Clooney strangely silent.

BHO Jonestown on May 12, 2012 at 2:22 PM

He’s having a bad year. His “Oscar Bait” movie “The Descendants” didn’t give him the Best Actor, and the film ended up only winning a single Oscar for Adapted Screenplay, which he had nothing to do with.

Del Dolemonte on May 12, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Foward…is a state of mind. Romney up by 8 in today’s Rasmussen daily tracking.

jan3 on May 12, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Meanwhile, the pledge against corporate money looks expired as well

EVERYBODY sells out: Once you realize this fact, you can go forward with any plan.

thebrokenrattle on May 12, 2012 at 2:35 PM


Flushing money down the “O”.

Electrongod on May 12, 2012 at 1:24 PM

reshas1 on May 12, 2012 at 2:35 PM

I’d like to apologize for using the wrong their/there/they’re earlier. I’m going to hell.

drewwerd on May 12, 2012 at 2:41 PM

It’s almost like the only thing proping up Obowma now are fake media stories and polls to hide the truth of how everyone is really feeling…

… Before you know it, there will be another “Hitler in the Bunker” parody.

Oh, wait…!

Seven Percent Solution on May 12, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Maybe the RNC could chip in with a few PSA spots for the SPCA or the local dog shelter.

Fenris on May 12, 2012 at 2:48 PM


Kissmygrits on May 12, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Democrats are about $20 million short of their $36.6 million fundraising goal for the convention in large part because of labor groups sitting on the sidelines, The Wall Street Journal reported last week

Always follow the money.

The Obumbles Regime….the ultimate, by the book, liberal cliche.

Tim_CA on May 12, 2012 at 3:07 PM

But, but it’s over! Betty White just endorsed Obama. We don’t have a chance now…

I don’t need a sarc tag do I?

sandee on May 12, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Funny, Barry just came out strongly for gays, can’t they make up the difference?

GarandFan on May 12, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Why does the convention cost so much in the first place? Neither party should be spending that much money on a convention. Didn’t they learn anything from the GSA conference in Las Vegas? The voters should not stand for this. Get the conventions back to the basics.

DAT60A3 on May 12, 2012 at 3:37 PM

the billion dollar campaign hehehe :-)….

jimver on May 12, 2012 at 3:57 PM

they jumped the shark there a little with The Won’s ‘celebrity’/popularity :-)…people don’t seem to be reaching to their wallets instantly at the hearing of his name :-)…not anymore anyways…

jimver on May 12, 2012 at 4:01 PM

How can they be desperate when they brag about the millions from the elites of Hollywood? Which one is the lie?

mixplix on May 12, 2012 at 4:31 PM

What makes this so delicious is that Obama is not sharing any of that DNC fundraising with down ticket races, making it easier to retake the Senate and get a larger majority in both Houses. This guy is bringing the dem party to its knees. Who knew it would be in this state just 4 short years later?

karenhasfreedom on May 12, 2012 at 9:53 PM

…the kickback money hasn’t come in yet!

KOOLAID2 on May 12, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Only time I will enjoy a story like this is if/when Obama is defeated. Otherwise I do not care about any potential issues.

sdbatboy on May 14, 2012 at 10:41 AM