The American Prospect: Convention Cash More Controversial Than Ever

Eliza Newlin Carney
Jul 14, 2016
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Big Democratic convention donors include the Comcast Corp. PAC, which gave $105,000; Eric Schoenberg, chairman of the education technology firm CampusWorks, Inc., who gave $100,000; and the Native American tribe known as the Aqua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, which gave $200,000. The DNC host committee’s website also boasts a long list of corporate sponsors, including Chevron, Comcast, Facebook, Samsung, and Sunoco. Corporate funding of conventions directly contradicts campaign finance laws, which explicitly bar corporate and labor union contributions to candidates, parties and nominating conventions, according to a new report from the Campaign Legal Center. The group blames regulatory loopholes and enforcement failures at the FEC.

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