Most transparent convention evah won’t release the names of its donors?

posted at 3:21 pm on August 21, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

It looks like the Democrats’ convention organization is taking a leaf out the Most Transparent Administration Evah‘s playbook, promising in advance that they’re going to do something for the sake of transparency and then, you know… not doing it. The Democrats have been pretty vociferous about their plans to not accept donations from corporations and to regularly disclose the names of the their convention’s monetary contributors, but alas — raising money is hard, and such transparency hasn’t come to pass, reports WaPo:

In its marketing materials, the party promises that the “people’s convention,” set to begin Sept. 3 in Charlotte, N.C., will be the “most open and accessible ever.” But the names of donors, some of whom are giving up to $100,000, will remain secret until federal disclosure documents are filed Oct. 15, six weeks after the parties have ended and public attention has shifted to Election Day.

Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the nonpartisan Center for Responsible Politics, said the decision not to disclose donors until October “just seems to run counter to the message that this is the people’s convention. You’d think transparency would be something celebrated, not reduced.” …

The host committee for the convention, known as Charlotte in 2012, had published on its Web site its policy that donors would be disclosed online “on an ongoing basis.” And the contract city officials signed with Democratic Party officials specified that “all contributions, monetary or in-kind, shall be disclosed publicly . . . within an agreed upon regular timeframe on the host committee’s website.”

The committee removed that language from its Web site last week following an inquiry from The Washington Post. …

The Charlotte host committee, in an agreement with the Democratic Party, banned direct corporate donations but accepts corporate donations of goods and services. City officials also have created a separate entity that accepts corporate money to fund events around the convention, including a welcoming party for journalists paid for by Time Warner Cable.

I’d say that Democrats are feeling the squeeze after their decision to ban corporate money, which traditionally accounts for a hefty bit of the financing for both parties’ conventions (although unfortunately, it seems, there weren’t any adequate non-corporate stadiums to be had, heh) — hence the decision to cut the convention from four days to three, and the channels in place for conveniently getting around their own no-corporate-cash rules.

Team Obama is constantly criticizing Republicans for their lack of campaign-related disclosure, and the Democrats make explicit promises that they’re going to do things more nobly… but then reality sets in and they’re forced to walk it back. What’s up with their apparent eagerness to be hoisted upon their own petard?


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“Promises” have Expiration Dates for the Democrats. Bless their little hearts!

Del Dolemonte on August 21, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Face it, donks, you picked NC because you thought VA would bleed across the border. You placed your bet, the wheel has been spun. Feel lucky?

Round and round the wheel goes. Watch the bouncing ball.

Limerick on August 21, 2012 at 3:28 PM

What’s the matter, Pepsi can afford to take another hit?

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Democrats constantly have the need to “clarify”

birdwatcher on August 21, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Nothing surprises me anymore when it comes to these scumbags.

NapaConservative on August 21, 2012 at 3:33 PM

I’m sure that the donor list is a who’s who of foreign dictators and terrorists – of course they won’t release the information. This is simply more proof that obama is an enemy sleeper-agent.

Pork-Chop on August 21, 2012 at 3:34 PM

I seem to recall the union thugs are all ticked off and that they won’t be funding this? I guess soros or mf global(lost money) will step in for funds?
L

letget on August 21, 2012 at 3:34 PM

the contract city officials signed with Democratic Party officials specified that “all contributions, monetary or in-kind, shall be disclosed publicly . . . within an agreed upon regular timeframe on the host committee’s website.”

Fraud? Lying While Democrat?

faraway on August 21, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Most transparent convention evah won’t release the names of its donors?

These are the same transparency mavens who won’t release Obama’s collages transcripts, or release the documents in the Gunwalkergate scandal or…

Chip on August 21, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Most transparent convention evah won’t release the names of its donors?

From the party that is so chicken-$hit they’re trying to cover up the name of the freakin’ stadium they’re using. Panther Stadium??

Really?

BacaDog on August 21, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Donks, thank Dean and whats-her-face for your grand strategy. Rahm and PestoMustache are C humanities majors to their PhDs.

Now, if we can just get the Elephant to wake the hell up.

Limerick on August 21, 2012 at 3:36 PM

..will remain secret until federal disclosure documents are filed Oct. 15, six weeks after the parties have ended ….

Come on people! It takes time to convert all of those birthday and wedding presents to cash!

BacaDog on August 21, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Dems have moved to “bunker mentality”…

teejk on August 21, 2012 at 3:41 PM

It ok, all the contracts were discussed on their personal email accounts and signed at the Waffle House across the street, so they don’t count.

STL_Vet on August 21, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Me thinks it is not so much the “who” in disclosure, but rather the “how much” or “little” that is being hid.

The donks are getting a real lesson on money at the moment.
Their product sucks and the sales show it.

Jabberwock on August 21, 2012 at 3:44 PM

I’m sure that the donor list is a who’s who of foreign dictators and terrorists – of course they won’t release the information. This is simply more proof that obama is an enemy sleeper-agent.

Pork-Chop on August 21, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Komrade Vlad betting megaroubles on Barry’s future flexibility.

Hu Jintao can’t wait to lend him terabucks.

Steve Z on August 21, 2012 at 3:44 PM

What’s up with their apparent eagerness to be hoisted upon their own petard?

This is why I love the addition of Erika Johnsen.

I just wish that the LSM would point out the hypocricy of the dems on the evening news. I know too much to ask. Baby steps for them.

D-fusit on August 21, 2012 at 3:46 PM

So which foreign governments and communist groups are funding the Democratic Convention?

rbj on August 21, 2012 at 3:49 PM

I understand Joe Biden will be campaigning at the Republican convention. Maybe conservatives should return the favor. They could obtain thousands of vuvuzelas and march around the stadium in Charlotte NC blowing them – sort of like Joshua did around Jerico. Maybe the walls won’t fall down but it will sure send a message.

iamsaved on August 21, 2012 at 3:50 PM

1984:

All transparency in Oceania is to be controlled by the Ministry of Lead Bulwarks.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 21, 2012 at 3:51 PM

These donors should be identified because they’re running for the highest office in the land and owe the American people the truth if they want to be president. …oh wait. Nevermind

plewis on August 21, 2012 at 3:51 PM

So which foreign governments and communist Progressive groups are funding the Democratic Convention?

rbj on August 21, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 21, 2012 at 3:52 PM

it’s time to start losing the “the most ….. evah” line. Please

michaelthomas on August 21, 2012 at 3:54 PM

…and these still refuse to admit that they’re using a facility named after the BANK OF AMERICA !!!!

ALL d-cRAT socialists live in a choom-induced fantasy-land and think that REALITY is whatever they say it is: Don’t believe your eyes or your ears – believe only the socialist extremist spin.

TeaPartyNation on August 21, 2012 at 3:55 PM

(JugEars)….ok…ok…we’ll tell you or show you after we see Mitt Romney’s tax returns that he has filed since he was 13 years old or something!

KOOLAID2 on August 21, 2012 at 3:56 PM

You’ll just have to wait for the DonorID cards.

- Nancy Pelosi

OhEssYouCowboys on August 21, 2012 at 4:01 PM

In its marketing materials, the party promises that the “people’s convention,” set to begin Sept. 3 in Charlotte, N.C., will be the “most open and accessible ever.”

Suuuuuure. Hey, I know of a certain bridge over the East River that’s available for sale….real cheap.

Bitter Clinger on August 21, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Their ‘apparent eagerness to be hoisted up on their own petard’ is born of cynicism.

They know that their own base will believe that they are being ‘nobler’ in demanding that the GOP be forthcoming with details regarding the campaign and will assume that the thus ennobled Democrats will be forthcoming with that information.

However, the Democrats also understand that their base will lose interest and not notice that the Democrats have been hoisted up on their own petard and have NOT lived up to their own demands. Some of the Democratic base will do so by choice, some from sheer laziness.

The majority of people tend to believe what they choose to believe unless they are shown the difference between what they choose to believe and reality in a forceful way.

I’ll give them this: they understand their own base.

thatsafactjack on August 21, 2012 at 4:04 PM

What’s up with their apparent eagerness to be hoisted upon their own petard?

Youthful idealism (hah), or a crossing of the optic nerve with the rectum.

CC Senor on August 21, 2012 at 4:04 PM

I’m sure that NAMBLA will be a big donor and that the BUFUer from MN will be one of the keynote speakers.

Mckaskill will speak to everyone on how good the current regime has been and how she’ll keep her seat by sticking with Reid and Pelosi.

acyl72 on August 21, 2012 at 4:04 PM

These donors should be identified because they’re running for the highest office in the land and owe the American people the truth if they want to be president. …oh wait. Nevermind

plewis on August 21, 2012 at 3:51 PM

You’re just jealous that you don’t have 17 old, rich white guys who are prepared to buy the country back like we do. Envy and hypocrisy are so ugly.

Night Owl on August 21, 2012 at 4:10 PM

What’s up with their apparent eagerness to be hoisted upon their own petard?

Who, pray tell, would do said hoisting? The MSM? Surely you jest! :-D

Lan Astaslem on August 21, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Thank the Saints we have a “Free and Independent Press” to hold those in power accountable…

… Now, what is that Akin chap up to?

Seven Percent Solution on August 21, 2012 at 4:15 PM

“What’s up with their apparent eagerness to be hoisted upon their own petard?”

Because (1) There will be no mainstream hoisting since this will not be covered beyond Fox News, except a mention in passing, and (2) the mainstream will still cover and condemn the corporate sponsors of the R convention. It’s hard to break generations of expectations of being protected, especially when the privilege continues to be extended. Exhibit #1: Joe “ya’ll back chains” Biden.

Hucklebuck on August 21, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Hmm…

I think the Communist Party is funding the convention along with Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, North Korea, Hugo Chavez, Hezbollah.

Well if I say it, it is true. Prove me wrong Democrats. Release the donor list. I think you need to come clean.

No? Don’t want to? Then shut up about Romney’s tax returns. What’s good for the Goose is good for the gander.

Psycotte on August 21, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Pic of the Day: Caged Heat

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/08/pic-of-day-caged-heat.html

M2RB: Katy Perry

Resist We Much on August 21, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Psycotte on August 21, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Probably NAMBLA too.

rbj on August 21, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Just as the Obama campaign is running a deficit, so is the convention.
He cannot hide the fact, the convention can delay, but not hide.
If news gets out that the convention is significantly in the red, the well will completely dry up and the dems will be DONE !

Jabberwock on August 21, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Yeah, well wait until this is front page headlines in the NYT, that will change their mind….

right2bright on August 21, 2012 at 4:48 PM

it’s time to start losing the “the most ….. evah” line. Please

michaelthomas on August 21, 2012 at 3:54 PM

why?

St Gaudens on August 21, 2012 at 5:29 PM

What’s up with their apparent eagerness to be hoisted upon their own petard?

Ericka, no hoisting involved, they know their core constitutes, (amoral and devoid of ethics) and they know the Fifth Column Treasonous Media will cover for them. They know for certain that they can make any wild insane promises and not have to deliver and never be held to account for their failure to deliver.

SWalker on August 21, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Now, if we can just get the Elephant to wake the hell up.

Limerick on August 21, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Ya, good luck with that, their not called the “Stupid Party” for nothing, most of them Majored in “Snatching Defeat of of the Jaws of Victory” in college, it was the one course they got straight A’s in, and their PhD’s.

SWalker on August 21, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Ya, good luck with that, their not called the “Stupid Party” for nothing, most of them Majored in “Snatching Defeat of of the Jaws of Victory” in college, it was the one course they got straight A’s in, and their PhD’s.

SWalker on August 21, 2012 at 6:29 PM

guess why the Tea Party got legs…some people got tired of waiting for somebody to express their values.

teejk on August 21, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Watch for which companies will be on that list:

Solyndra

madmonkphotog on August 21, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Gangsters of America holed up in Bankster of America Stadium! Buffet needs a little more TARP for the Banksters!

Marco on August 22, 2012 at 4:51 PM