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. laura, CA

    DNC returning money=Pressure on Obama to cooperate on FL & MI

    April 4, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. April in Texas

    Wow how sweet. wish I lived in Florida now. Especially after Hillarys tax return income 109million OMG.

    Obama 08

    April 4, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. Peter

    Dean's idea of "a resolution" is whatever benefits Obama. Be honest.

    April 4, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. real dem

    Proof of how childish and selfish Clinton supporters are.

    They'd rather see the Democrats lose Congress than not have their own stubborn way.

    April 4, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. Jeff Radun

    I hope Hillary wins but
    Go figure.
    The dems having Obama and Hillary as their leaders shoulda, coulda ,woulda, been the front runners for president regardless of who the republican nomaneee would have been.
    Then Obama and Mr Wright appear, and even with this racist the dems should still have been the front runners for the white house, but with Florida and Michigan not being counted it will be unlikley they will win. many Florida and Michigan voters will not vote or vote for McCain.
    All he needs is a small portion of dems angry to switch or not vote and the Dems loose those 2 states in the general
    Now you have donors wanting their money back.
    What a joke
    McCain 08

    April 4, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  6. Sunny Sun Bristol, CT

    They are making peoply unhappy due to their mistake.

    They are stealing the right from people due to their mistake.

    April 4, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. Howard JaX Florida

    I think these doners anger is directed to the DNC instead of there respective States which engineered the mess they are in now. Rules are rules and I am glad their money is being returned. I guess it is not for the good of the party that they give.

    On a side note I found something that should interest anyone following this race. Look up Keith Olbermanns comment to Hillary Clinton on youtube. If she would have listened the race may have been different.

    April 4, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  8. The Man




    April 4, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. john

    haha, its looking worse every day for howard dean.

    GIVE FL AND MI their votes

    April 4, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. Ifeanyi Azubike Houston Texas

    That is precisely the right thing to do. No state or person has the right to hold us to ransome for doing the wrong thing. If they get a revote who knows, they may ask for retrial of all Floridas inmates. Rules are sacred. While it is acceptable to sit the delegates, using the votes cast or having another round of voting is rewading wrong doing. If they want their money back, they never meant to give it to the democratic party but specific individuals so they might as well have it back.

    April 4, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  11. Voice of Reason


    I defiantly am not a fan of FOX NEWS, but I just finished taking a look at their blogs and was surprised by their civility.

    PLEASE stop fighting! Please. We have far much more in common than we have differences. Please. We have to come together for this nation. We know that the issues are very similar so STOP IT. We are behaving like spoiled little brats, or Yankees vs. Red Sox. If we can not find end roads between us their will be a split within the party so deep we will feel it for an entire generation.

    April 4, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  12. Marie in California

    To Howard Dean and the DNC......come November, you are going to be soooooo very sorry if you fully or partially disenfranchise the voters in Florida and Michiigan by not giving them a full voice in candidate selection and the August convention.

    They've already been "done" once by their state governments, and now you are "doing" them again!

    No Obamination in the presidency!

    Hillary or McCain – 2008

    April 4, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  13. Obama Supporter

    There was a penelaty for Fl and Mich moving there primaries up. Both states should be held accountable for their actions. Although the elected officials put the people of both states in this situation and that is a horrible thing but those officials were voted into office by the people. I do wish that some kind of compromise can be made for the people however, rules are in place for a reason and if they are allowed to be broken one time you set the pattern for future instances. If that had happened in my state I would be very unhappy about it but I would also be aware of who put me in that situation.

    April 4, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  14. Adam, LV, NV

    Money talks.... This is why Florida will be seated. They had to give that money back, imagine now that it has come out how much more will ask for money back if they don't seat Florida......

    April 4, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. HP Boston

    I am not giving even .45 cents to the Dems. I have no use for the inept way they have allowed and contributed to the violent throwing of HIllary under the bus!

    April 4, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  16. Cindy

    Ha ha! In your face, 2-faced bigwig donors... the DNC don't want your bribery money!

    April 4, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  17. America

    The longer the decision to include or exclude Michigan or Florida the more the DNC steals the election from Hillary Clinton. The DNC runs from its responsibility to find a way to seat the delegates and leaves it up to the nominees. Obama, having ruined ALICE PALMER the senator from Illinois, will always view DNC RULES as LAW. He is not ready for leadership with this view. Rules are not law. Secondly, Obama prides himself on being a unity maker, but he cannot find a way to resolve the issue NOW so that Florida and Michigan can vote. And America really wants this man denying citizens the one basic right left to people, the right to vote in privacy, as their next President. Never, never on my watch!

    April 4, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. Bacio83

    Dum, Dum, Dumb... DNC

    April 4, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  19. Patricia

    Is it too late to eliminate superdelegates? i bet some of them would feel a great deal of relief.

    Let the election be by pledged delegates, number of states won and popular vote. That should be sufficient criteria.

    April 4, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  20. Grif

    I wonder how much cash, from the, Obama's 'Arabs Oil Cartel' went into there pockets ...

    April 4, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  21. Truth - Ny

    Hillary agreed to Not counting these two states. Guess she changed her mind. What a Joke!

    April 4, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  22. Thank you Pelosi

    the era of fat pigs controlling the party is over. The people are taking control of their party. Thank you DNC for telling these people to take their money and get out of our party.

    April 4, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  23. Gas Crisis '74

    Tip of the iceberg DNC. Boy when you disnefranchise, you really disenfranchise! Maybe – just maybe you'll learn from this and go to regional mini-cluster primaries (like 5 nearby states in a cluster and rotate who goes first every two years). Also, if you publically have major candidates and their supporters calling for the removal of the Electoral College, you might want to stop using the same system for selecting candidates(a.k.a. Superdelegates) first.

    April 4, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |


    April 4, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  25. Alice

    Somehow, though, the delegations will get seated. At which point, Hillary will add the 320,000 votes she got in MI to her total (and add none to Obama's total because he followed the rules and therefore got no votes), and also count her 300,000 FL margin over Obama - thus narrowing Obama's 700,000-vote lead over her to almost nil. Notwithstanding the very rules she agreed to, she will then browbeat her current superdelegates (who are just waiting for the right time to jump ship) into sticking with her because of her new "lead" in the popular vote.

    Just watch.

    April 4, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
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