Facing a major deficit, Democrats are scaling back on their convention festivities

posted at 10:41 am on June 26, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Well, ain’t that a darn shame! With their convention just over two months away, the Democratic National Committee’s party planners are about $27 million smackers short of their fundraising goal — which means that they’re finding it suddenly necessary to cut down on some of the initially planned bells and whistles of their party’s main event.

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. …

Republicans have not placed any restrictions on where they raise money and have secured corporate contributions from such companies as AT&T Inc. (T), Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) and Coca-Cola Co. (KO) to meet their $55 million target.

It wouldn’t be funny, except that they dreamed so big — President Obama, for example, felt that he wouldn’t be able to confine his self-glorification to anything less than a gigantic football stadium — and they’re finding themselves forced to realize that even celebrations of President Obama’s magnanimity are built on budgets, not enthusiastic projections of grandeur. Kind of strangely similar to how they run the government, huh?

And of course, it looks like their high and mighty decision to decline contributions from — quelle horreur — eeeevil corporations hasn’t done much to inspire ‘the little people’ to pick up the fundraising slack. (Also, President Obama’s nomination acceptance is going down in the Bank of America stadium. Uhm, hello?! Conflicting messages, much? Oh, that’s right, those eeeevil corporations and big banks and whatnot are the ones who do such eeeeevil things as build football stadiums. It much be such a troublesome paradox for those high-minded populists.) Whether it’s more because of their self-imposed corporate donation limits or whether people are just generally unable or unwilling to give, it definitely doesn’t feel like they’ve been able to drum up the same level of riotous enthusiasm  as 2008, and it does not bode well for them. Sad face.

The Democrats are of course claiming that the move has more to do with logistics than money, but after announcing they were scaling back their convention from four days to three in January, and with some Democratic politicians starting to pointedly announce that they’ll have better things to do than attend the DNC convention, I wonder if they shouldn’t be feeling a little sheepish. The Democrats chose North Carolina in part because it’s an in-play swing state and they wanted to engage and excite the whole city, but it’s turning into kind of a nightmare — the hits just keep on coming.


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Maybe they have time to move the convention to Stockton,Ca.

docflash on June 26, 2012 at 11:28 AM

So what happens when they can’t sufficently fill the football stadium? Bigger thicker fake Greek columns? Fog machines? Dummies positioned throughout the stadium to fill in the holes? A sudden desire to move the venue to a more “intimate” location?

Happy Nomad on June 26, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Instead of columns, this time he’ll have 18-inch foam stonehenges and dancing dwarves in elfin costumes.

KrebsCyclist on June 26, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Well bless their hearts!

*pops more popcorn , melts a stick of butter and looks for the orange popcorn salt*

Kirin on June 26, 2012 at 11:29 AM

quelle horror

Try “quelle horreur” next time.

Dack Thrombosis on June 26, 2012 at 11:19 AM

..oh great! A French grammar Nazi!

;-)

The War Planner on June 26, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Facing a major deficit, Democrats are scaling back on their convention festivities

…well well…thank you President Downgrade!

KOOLAID2 on June 26, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Convention cost cutting tip #2:

Raw material for confetti MUST be shredded BEFORE passing through Rep. Issa’s office.

mechkiller_k on June 26, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Brian1972 on June 26, 2012 at 10:54 AM

I think the GOP at least had the sense to realize how hot it is in FL in August, and have all their events in air-conditioned comfort.

I do pray for a nice steady rain on the night Obama gives his speech.

If the styrofoam columns are biodegradable ones made of the stuff that Nancy had the cutlery in the House cafeteria made of when she was Speaker, the columns should gently melt. Heh.

Wethal on June 26, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Convention cost cutting tip #1:

Have delegates supply their own eating utensils. Spoons only.

mechkiller_k on June 26, 2012 at 11:25 AM

What about sporks?

Happy Nomad on June 26, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Dummies positioned throughout the stadium to fill in the holes? A sudden desire to move the venue to a more “intimate” location?

Happy Nomad on June 26, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I think they prefer to be called progressives.

Flange on June 26, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Happy Nomad on June 26, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Watch for strict rules on camera angles like on CSPAN. I don’t think CSPAN is allowed to scan the House seats or Senate for fear the voters would see how empty they often are.

Wethal on June 26, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Dummies positioned throughout the stadium to fill in the holes? A sudden desire to move the venue to a more “intimate” location?

Happy Nomad on June 26, 2012 at 11:28 AM

..and a lot of tight shots and short pans on one side of the auditorium/stadium only.

The War Planner on June 26, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Convention cost cutting tip #3:

Cell Phones and other recording devices MUST be checked at the door for each venue. You may buy them back at the end of each event. ANy extras will be auctioned off on ebay.

mechkiller_k on June 26, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Deficits never stopped them from spending before… so why now?

cajun carrot on June 26, 2012 at 11:34 AM

If the styrofoam columns are biodegradable ones made of the stuff that Nancy had the cutlery in the House cafeteria made of when she was Speaker, the columns should gently melt. Heh.

Wethal on June 26, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Quite the metaphor in that.

Here’s hoping that Romney would be interested in putting his Presidential library on the SMU campus next to GWB’s. That way they could put a open sewage cesspool in-between to symbolize the Obama administration.

Happy Nomad on June 26, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Can’t they just borrow invest money from China?

It’s for the children, after all.

CJ on June 26, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Deficits never stopped them from spending before… so why now?

cajun carrot on June 26, 2012 at 11:34 AM

This time it’s their money.

Happy Nomad on June 26, 2012 at 11:36 AM

According to Fox this morning, Romney can’t win because the map of electoral numbers shows a huge deficit for Romney.

Ms Stoddard from the Hill was on and I figure with the news telling us Hispanics control the vote and they don’t like Romney, and the “map” shows a negative for Romney, then why wake up in the morning much less go vote?

I can’t stand this Marxist who is squatting in OUR White House and all the disgusting law breakers surrounding him.

If we don’t get them the hell out of office and out of our Government?, we are over as a nation.

I am glad my parents are not on this earth to see what has become of a once fine place to live!

Delsa on June 26, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Convention cost cutting tip #4:

Secret service head quarters will be relocated to “Amy’s Delite” gentlemen’s club. (actual place)

mechkiller_k on June 26, 2012 at 11:39 AM

And of course, it looks like their high and mighty decision to decline contributions from — quelle horror — eeeevil corporations hasn’t done much to inspire ‘the little people’ to pick up the fundraising slack.

Well from what I’ve been reading the main issue isn’t so much that but that the unions aren’t donating. Public sector unions have been busy trying to protect their privledges and private sector ones are angry they’re being ignored and the Democrats are holding the convention in a right to work state. Combine that with the Democrats’ Citizen’s United grandstanding and you end up with 27% the expected donations.

jarodea on June 26, 2012 at 11:41 AM

quelle horror

Try “quelle horreur” next time.

Dack Thrombosis on June 26, 2012 at 11:19 AM

..oh great! A French grammar Nazi!

;-)

The War Planner on June 26, 2012 at 11:30 AM

I thought ‘quelle horror’ was cute :)….

jimver on June 26, 2012 at 11:42 AM

This time it’s their money.

Happy Nomad on June 26, 2012 at 11:36 AM

LOL thread winner …..

conservative tarheel on June 26, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Instead of columns, this time he’ll have 18-inch foam stonehenges and dancing dwarves in elfin costumes.
KrebsCyclist on June 26, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Ha! And the emperor will save money by wearing no clothes.

Buy Danish on June 26, 2012 at 11:44 AM

The Greek columns will be half size with dwarfs wearing donkey costumes dancing around them.

Bishop on June 26, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Now all I can imagine is Obama and crew getting lost in the steam tunnels under the stadium. With Biden shouting “The Villlageees!” instead of “hello, Cleveland!”

TexasDan on June 26, 2012 at 11:47 AM

This time it’s their money.

Happy Nomad on June 26, 2012 at 11:36 AM

SO true :)

thebrokenrattle on June 26, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Ha! And the emperor will save money by wearing no clothes.

Buy Danish on June 26, 2012 at 11:44 AM | Delete

While the media fall over themselves reporting the amazing shirt-tie combination Obama is wearing.

jarodea on June 26, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Instead of columns, this time he’ll have 18-inch foam stonehenges and dancing dwarves in elfin costumes.
KrebsCyclist on June 26, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Ha! And the emperor will save money by wearing no clothes.

Buy Danish on June 26, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Bammie au naturel??? Hmmm…Not something I want to see :)…

jimver on June 26, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Turns out deadbeat campaigner Obama is a little short on cash, too. I know he’s spending more than he’s raising this year, but he still owes the City of Springfield, IL $55,000 from a campaign visit in August 2008 when he announced the Joeke as his VP candidate. Gee, and how many hundreds of millions did his 2008 campaign raise? With how deep in the hole IL is, they can use every penny.

stukinIL4now on June 26, 2012 at 11:49 AM

but…..but……what about all of that “Hollywood” money?

Tim_CA on June 26, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Dummies positioned throughout the stadium to fill in the holes? A sudden desire to move the venue to a more “intimate” location?

Happy Nomad on June 26, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I think they prefer to be called progressives.

Flange on June 26, 2012 at 11:31 AM

LOL- This whole topic is making me chuckle, but that was really funny.

Night Owl on June 26, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Senior WH officials and DNC leaders accuse the GOP of stonewalling on raising the Democrat Party Convention debt ceiling.

BobMbx on June 26, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Dummies positioned throughout the stadium

You’re being redundant. This IS the Democrat Convention after all.

glockomatic on June 26, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Socialism and lawlessness aren’t as popular as they thought it would be- who knew?

Night Owl on June 26, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Now they’ll have to hire illegals to fill all the empty convention seats.

viking01 on June 26, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Can’t they just borrow invest money from China?

It’s for the children, after all.

CJ on June 26, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Truly.

I would expect them to double-claim donations and also borrow from the future generations of democrats to balance the convention budget.

tomg51 on June 26, 2012 at 11:58 AM

I am sure there is a gymnasium in NYC they can use.

Provided the event;
- Doesn’t have any religious overtones or mention God
- Doesn’t serve large sodas
- Salt is not needed
- Nobody want to exercise their Second Amendment Rights
- etc., etc.

Seriously, I frankly believe part of it is they know that state is a lost cause for them and don’t want to put any more money into the local economy than is necessary.

They just won’t say it and therefore unequivocally write them off.

Marcus Traianus on June 26, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Hope and Change.

tom daschle concerned on June 26, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Three cheers for Erika. I really like her posting style. She’s a great member of the HotAir Team! Poignant, sober, contextually analytical and still entertaining. Bravo!

Crefonso on June 26, 2012 at 12:02 PM

“Big bottom drive me outta my mind…how can I leave that behind”
– Spinal Tap

St Gaudens on June 26, 2012 at 11:18 AM

I see what you did there.

CurtZHP on June 26, 2012 at 12:02 PM

On a different but not completely unrelated note, Bammie did it again, fogot to pay his bill in Boston that is…did a bit of fundraisin’ and politicking there last night and ‘omitted’ to pick up the tab for his security expenses…maybe he’s saving for those half-size greek columns after all…

http://bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/view.bg?articleid=1061141454

jimver on June 26, 2012 at 12:03 PM

So how much is the DNC planning on “sticking it” to the city of Charlotte?

Perhaps the city fathers should re-think they’re invitation.

GarandFan on June 26, 2012 at 12:05 PM

What? Won’t Soros or Buffet loan them the money they need?

farsighted on June 26, 2012 at 12:13 PM

They could always have it at Mrs. Bueller’s house again.

Wait – why the long face?

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on June 26, 2012 at 12:14 PM

I think we now have a good explanation for Obama’s “evolution” on SSM.

DaMav on June 26, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Well,they can save some loot,by not handing
out US Flags,and,more loot,for not picking them
up off the ground!!
(sarc)

canopfor on June 26, 2012 at 12:23 PM

eeeevil corporations and big banks and whatnot are the ones who do such eeeeevil things

Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful. :-)

WhatNot on June 26, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Sounds like they need a bailout or a loan. Oh wait… thats just when they are spending federal money, I mean taxpayer money, I mean those darn 1%ers money.

nobleclem on June 26, 2012 at 12:26 PM

This time it’s their money.
Happy Nomad on June 26, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Except for all the union money.

gwelf on June 26, 2012 at 12:30 PM

..oh great! A French grammar Nazi!

;-)

The War Planner on June 26, 2012 at 11:30 AM

… a Vichy grammarian… un collaborateur or une collaborationniste?

de rigueur on June 26, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Dummies positioned throughout the stadium to fill in the holes? A sudden desire to move the venue to a more “intimate” location?

This was done in the movie Gone With The Wind. In the scene in Atlanta with all the wounded and dead soldiers many of the bodies of wounded and dead soldiers were dummies. The democratic convention will be a little like the Battle of Atlanta..a slaughter.

logicman_1998 on June 26, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Awww and I was really looking forward to seeing those expensive Greco Roman pillars and giant screen HDTVs to show the joy and overwhelmed expressions of all the fainting Obama fans.

TonyR on June 26, 2012 at 12:47 PM

How much in debt will Charlotte be when the satanic democrats conclude their bacchanalian revellrie?

tom daschle concerned on June 26, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Maybe the DNC should just have Obama declare “eminent Domain” and takeover the city…….

…..no bills, Federal property, all good.

PappyD61 on June 26, 2012 at 12:47 PM

it sure seems to me that we ought to be able to bankrupt the lefties, given their view of money.

williampeck1958 on June 26, 2012 at 12:50 PM

You would think these folks have never heard of deficit spending !!

The R s went $20M in the hole last election. Cant the D s beat that? With that sharp as a pin DNC Chair Double Down Debbie, she needs to really prove that getting rid of her is the right think by leaving the party $150 M in debt (10 Obama fundraisers worth!)

Surely guys like Kaiser (Solydra), Buffet(for stopping the Keystone pipeline) will pony up $10-30 M, after all Obama saved him $500M. Soros is probably good for another $30 million given the financial machinations of the world money markets due to Obama. And haven’t all the Hollywood actors and NYC talks show hosts subscribed for at least $1M a month.

I don’t see the problem here !!

KenInIL on June 26, 2012 at 12:52 PM

The dems will turn this around and say that during these bad economic times they feel that spending all the millions like the bad republicans is a bad message to send to the people.. Yeah right..

Pomai on June 26, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Facing a major deficit, Democrats are scaling back on their convention festivities

But, what about all of the birthday presents?

BacaDog on June 26, 2012 at 12:53 PM

…it definitely doesn’t feel like they’ve been able to drum up the same level of riotous enthusiasm as 2008, and it does not bode well for them. Sad face

I chuckled, let em own every last dream/aspiration and plan that falls short of its projections & expectations.

NY Conservative on June 26, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Funny how these bulletheads get all ‘thrifty’ when it comes down to their money.

BigWyo on June 26, 2012 at 12:59 PM

I’m confused. Don’t they still have checks in their checkbook?

idalily on June 26, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Aw… down twinkles :-(

Fallon on June 26, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Is it too late for North Carolina to rethink this event and kindly ask the Emperor to take his turd-circus somewhere else?

The cost to North Carolina and Charlotte taxpayers will be enormous and the damage to the state’s and city’s reputation will be long-lasting.

Pork-Chop on June 26, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Naysayers!!!!!!

Wait til those wedding contributions start rolling in……..we’ll see who has the last laugh.

antipc on June 26, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Maybe Congress can pass a law mandating that everyone contribute money to Obama’s re-election campaign or pay a penalty.

eyedoc on June 26, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Rush mentioned that Claire McCaskill isn’t making it to the party either. I honestly don’t remember another political convention where so many party leaders suddenly remember they promised to help a friend move during the time the convention is being held.

If I didn’t know any better I’d think they don’t want to be seen supporting the jug-eared Kenyan or something.

Happy Nomad on June 26, 2012 at 1:43 PM

The cost to North Carolina and Charlotte taxpayers will be enormous and the damage to the state’s and city’s reputation will be long-lasting.

Pork-Chop on June 26, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Yeah because NC Democrats have such a sterling reputation right now that it would be a shame if it were besmirched in any way.

Happy Nomad on June 26, 2012 at 1:44 PM

..oh great! A French grammar Nazi!

;-)

The War Planner on June 26, 2012 at 11:30 AM

… a Vichy grammarian… un collaborateur or une collaborationniste?

de rigueur on June 26, 2012 at 12:41 PM

You can’t go wromg with ‘collabo’, as we call them shortly in France…besides it’s gender ‘unspecific’ :)…

jimver on June 26, 2012 at 1:51 PM

The plan now is for every delegate to pay $3 for a chance to have dinner with Barack. For $5 you can even use a fork. If you are not Hispanic, of course.

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on June 26, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Make the rich pay their fair share…Uh, wait, um, ah….

patch on June 26, 2012 at 2:29 PM

It couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch, either.

Maybe they have time to move the convention to Stockton,Ca.

docflash on June 26, 2012 at 11:28 AM

+1

Like Stockton’s bond rating, Obama has been downgraded from “really crappy” to “Eeewwwwww, get that OUTTA here!”

Adjoran on June 26, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Maybe they have time to move the convention to Stockton,Ca.

docflash on June 26, 2012 at 11:28 AM

And have Jerry Brown pay for it with his high speed rail money (that he doesn’t have, I might ad :)…

jimver on June 26, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Why not just make their policies official and pay for convention services with vouchers that can be redeemed after the election for government grants for ‘green’ projects at a rate 100X that of the service?

slickwillie2001 on June 26, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Facing a major deficit, Democrats are scaling back on their convention festivities

For the first time in recorded human history, Democrats fail to spend money they do not have.

rukiddingme on June 26, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Maybe they have time to move the convention to Stockton,Ca.

docflash on June 26, 2012 at 11:28 AM

How about moving it to the Altamont Speedway and hiring Hell’s Angels to do security.

ardenenoch on June 26, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Hah, let the Dooms stay in NC. That week in September is when hurricane/tropical storm season is hitting its most active time so let’s send a storm to NC to see how its bluster compares with the DNC. With all the flooding in Tampa this week, the libs are sooooo concerned about the Repubs getting hit with a storm during the RNC which is happening the last week in August, the week before the DNC.

stukinIL4now on June 26, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Maybe they have time to move the convention to Stockton,Ca.

docflash on June 26, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Oh, how I hope Stockton starts a trend. File for BK they give them some water.

sdbatboy on June 26, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Hope and Rope a Dope are just not in style this time around. And although zer0 could use this plummet in support as a sign that he might improve himself, his narcissism will cause it to be lost on him.

Bad for zer0; good for America.

Great post, Erika! Your tone is dry and ironic without quite crossing the line into sarcasm.

(P.S. Investments, investments, investments, investments! Investments, investments, investments, investments, investments! Investments!)

MisterElephant on June 26, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Why can’t I get that scene from, “This is Spinal Tap” out of my head. The one where they debuted their hit single, “Stonehenge” featuring a tiny, little model dangling from the stage lights.

MJBrutus on June 26, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Yikes! No columns? No crown of Laurel leaves? And the Teaparty hasn’t yet even taken their pitchforks out of the barn. The Greeks had a name for Obama’s conceit. Hubris. And his might just exceed the hubris of Ajax and Oedipus combined. Isn’t it strange how very often Karma inserts itself in the affairs of men?

Portia46 on June 26, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Oh yeah, take your roadshow to North Carolina right after you’ve given la busca della morte to one of the major sources of employment (and tax revenue!) in the state.

“I’m SMART, see?”
– Fredo

mojo on June 26, 2012 at 5:19 PM

With a party ban on direct contributions from corporations

This is the party that has no problem taking one half bil loan guarantees for slush fu nd ecostart ups. Money into start up, passes into golden parachutes and loaded construction contracts and return to the pockets of the pols

Rules as this are easily changed. That tells me they are staging the ‘little people’ convention show. A nice way to pluck a few off the little chickens by crying poor, and to keep the acorn rollers working hard to ‘save’ their guy by working the polls hauling dead voters and Dream actors in to make an X

Obama has to be down a bit, as the big shots hedge their bets but he aint poor. Nope this one is for show.

To scare the monkey, kill the chicken – or at least let the monkey know you might have to cook the chicken to keep the farm

entagor on June 26, 2012 at 5:57 PM

These DBs are such jokes. Suck it, Libs. EPIC FAIL of an epic con job.

bob77 on June 26, 2012 at 6:19 PM

I am really beginning to warm up to this Erika Johnson lady’s style of writing. Keep your eyes on her….she’s going to be going places bigger than HA. Especially after her first couple of books.

kekelaward on June 26, 2012 at 7:10 PM

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