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Cash Woes Trigger Cancellation Of Democratic National Convention Kickoff

2008 Democratic National Convention
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Due to a fundraising defecit of only 27 million dollars,  Democratic planners have cancelled their planned Carolina Fest that was to kick off the national convention.

Instead, the event will be moved to uptown Charlotte, North Carolina instead of the North Carolina Motor Speedway. Apparently the ten million dollars they have raised will be enough to stage an event there.  While Democratic officials are spinning the change as due to logistical issues, the bottom line is money.

The Senate last week voted 95-4 to approve a measure that would end public funding for the conventions of both parties; a measure submitted by Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn.  Coburn argued that it’s hard to criticize the GSA (General Services Administration) for blowing nearly 900k in taxpayer money for a 2010 conference in Vegas if legislators are going to approve public funding (taxpayer money) to be used for political conventions.

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