April 4th, 2008
03:32 PM ET
10 years ago

DNC returns funds to upset Florida donors

(CNN) - A Democratic National Committee spokeswoman confirms to CNN that the party has returned $45,000 to three Florida donors unhappy with the continuing uncertainty over the seating of that state's delegation at the party's presidential nominating convention this summer.

The move follows reports that some major Democratic donors from Florida and Michigan - the two states penalized by the party for moving their presidential primary votes to January - would look to have their donations returned if full delegations were not seated at the convention in Denver, or new votes held that would abide by DNC rules.

This week, Howard Dean met with Florida's Democratic congressional delegation and party leaders, and released joint statements with that group and with the Michigan committee looking to craft a resolution of the controversy in that state. Democratic state party leaders in both Florida and Michigan have announced that new votes are not logistically possible.

Filed under: DNC • Florida • Michigan
soundoff (188 Responses)
  1. Tex'un

    Another instance of Clinton supporters playing their trump card: money. Remember their reaction to Nancy Pelosi? How good it is–that Daddy Warbucks no longer controls the Democratic party!

    April 4, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  2. Joyce in Florida

    Hey Tex, the only candidate not being treated fairly is Senator Clinton. As stated before, Florida had a fair election. It was our state legislators (not the voters) who started this whole mess.

    Senator Obama is the one holding up the Florida and Michigan votes. As far as being treated fairly, Florida's delegates should be awarded BY OUR PRIMARY RESULTS OF JANUARY 29TH; not 50/50 split. That is so laughable. Give me a break. He did not win in our State. With regard to Michigan, everything was a go until Obama backed out of it. Can't believe anything this man says. He knows he will lose in the end. How many others will he turn his back on? Makes you wonder!!!!!!!!

    Grandma in Alabama, I am with you 100%. It's too bad there were not more like you, then Senator Clinton would have won Alabama as well.

    Senator Obama needs to go away. He is not helping at all. Only thinks of what is in it for him (and HIM only).

    GO HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 4, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |

    It's a shame I have voted demacratic my whole life and if Obama wins in the primary I will support a republican for the first time in my life . Obama doesn't care about America if he doesn't let florida and Michigan votes count .Mabe he is in line with his wife and pastor they hate America why would he be any differant ????
    I have been wondering how many people that voted Obama already have changed their minds after the Pastor Wright story aired ?????


    April 4, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  4. ZONA


    April 4, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  5. Veronica in CA

    FL must be seated. Period. We HAVE to win FL in the fall, or we will have another - at least - 4 years of the Bush Administration and it will be headed by McCain. Give those Democrats the right to have their votes counted!!!

    April 4, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  6. Tammy

    Thank you Gov Dean, Bravo to you for not letting the fat cats BUY this election for Hillary.!!!!!!

    April 4, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  7. jdona

    Its not just the DNC sending money back that it has already collected, its people refusing to contribute money for the general election until the delegates are seated and the votes are counted. Add to that, the bigwigs who are threatening to boycott the DNC in the letter to Nancy Pelosi, and you have big trouble. Obama didn't raise as much money in March as he had in February, and will raise less next month as people begin to meet their $2300 maximum. Its not just the Presidential elections here people – its also congress and Senate elections that depend on that money. The ones that are giving us the majority in both houses. They are going to be hurting for cash for their elections. The DNC needs to get their act together, and soon.

    April 4, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  8. linbit

    There are some really misinformed or really stupid people on these blogs.

    April 4, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  9. Black Republican, New York, New York

    Time to put the Florida and Michigan issue to sleep! Permanently!

    The law says if you run a red light you not only break the law, but should be punished if caught. That's one consequence. Another consequence is, you could end up in an accident. To avoid both consequences, your best choice is to NOT BREAK THE LAW!

    Tha analogy is useful in its simple application to what the DNC warned Florida and Michigan not to do or risk not having their delegates counted or seated at Denver.

    THEY BROKE THE RULE AND SHOULG NOW ABIDE BY THE CONSEQUENCES. This is not Obama or Clinton's fault, even though Clinton, because she is trailing Obama, is bending over backward to try and get the delegates seated or at least get the popular votes to count.

    So far, Florida and Michigan have shown Americans they were more CAREFULchoosing a safe exit strategy by voting against re-doing the votes than they were CARELESS breaking the rules entering into races they were warned not to.

    April 4, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  10. pam from canada

    You People are Unbelievable.

    Everyone is ticked that Florida and Michigan votes are not counted as is.

    Is it just me but how could that be fair when some candidates were not on the ballot. Hillary puts her name on the ballot going AGAINST her Party's rule and she can get away with that and no one questions her actions.

    Rules are for a reason! But you Hillary Supporters just crack me up when you CRY FOWL about the votes not being counted.

    The only reason you are putting up a stink because that would put Hillary closer to Obama when he never campaigned in Florida and was not on the ballot because of the rules of the DNC.

    Florida was moved up by the Republicans not Democrats so you get mad at the DNC then go vote for the Republicans in the general election.

    You people make no sense either you believe in the Democratic Party and their issues OR you believe in the Republican Party and their issues.

    That is like cutting your own nose off to spite your face.

    If you do not know what that means you are only hurting yourself by not voting for what you believe in. instead you get childish and say " Oh I am not going to vote for them because my vote did not count the first time."

    Michigan and Florida were not a fair vote PERIOD.

    Get over it people or you will end up with another 4 to 8 years of Bush Policy and Wars!

    April 4, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  11. frank

    americans must be very stupid.they elect bush over gore when the americans were on top of the world.then 2004 they elect bush over kerry who had more knowledgeof war then bush.now they will probaly vote for obama over clinton whe the econemy sucks.you all say obama brings people together .i can see him being that when he is afraid to count michigan florida thats really a man who wants change. no vote left behind. by the way who do you all think will bring more growth to america,obama or a clinton. the rep will destroy obama in november and the rest of the world will again say how can amercians be so stupid.

    April 4, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  12. Ray from Gainesville VA

    FL & MI voters and all you other folks saying the DNC and Sen Obama are to blame for this, are a joke. BLAME YOUR FRICKIN STATE REPS. Kick those bums out of office the first chance you get. I would really like to see FL get their act together in this voting process (hanging chads). You guys have really been screwing up. If you don't get your way and decide to vote for Sen McCain, than YOU will live with that just like the rest of us you so want to get back at. What, you think the decisions that a President McCain would make, wouldn't affect you? Get over yourselves and pay attention to the election process in your State next time.

    April 4, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  13. Cal Jim 2

    I am starting to wounder about the DNC, and there real motives. For one thing, they had to have known that keeping,* 'Florida', alone out of the primary, would throw the G,E. to the rebublicans again in November. So what then, Michigan is tossed in just to be real sure the democrats will lose? The DNC is not that dumb. If there not that dumb, then they knew exactly, what they were doing. I smell a rat here. Again, the DNC is responsible for checking out the backround of all candidates. They must be sure there are no problems with there candidates, like proven unpatroitic personal conduct. There can be no history of anti American, or extreamist or even radical haters in there backround. That would blow a candidate out of the running for office, especialy for President. I see a very big problem, with one of our presidentical candidates, in that regard. This has been just over looked? I don't think so. Also, that same candidate has been getting huge donations. That's nice, but many of those donations have been said, to be comming form under aged children, unable to vote, given in there name by parents, or caretakers. This is illegal, known to be happening, and not dealt with. Why? This is more than shameful, it's criminal. The result in the G.E., will be nothing less than a very bad lose for the democrates, again. The DNC is suppost to be in place, at least in part, to keep folish, stupid, criminal, or just plain unpatriotic, activity like this from bringing our party down, in an election. What's up with the DNC? They seem to be working overtime, for the GOP. It is the DNC that has caused a split in our party. The DNC should be held accountable!

    April 4, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
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