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

    As an Obama supporter, I have no problem seating both the Florida and the Michigan delegations as long as Obama agrees with the split and it has to be a fair split since both these two states (only ones out of 48) and Hillary (only Democratic Candidate ) both violated the DNC rules and tried to cheat their way in. In addition, Hillary was the only candidate to violate her pledge to obey DNC rules. Now that we see Hillary’s tendencies to "misspeak" and play dirty, they can be seated as long as Obama is treated fairly.

    April 4, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  2. Mark Penn

    Thanks for releasing your records. I thought I was going to be the next Rev wright. Great timing. I owe you one. By the way, it looks like this thing is just about over for us, what do you want me to work on next? The Colombians are on board.

    Send Bill my love,
    Mark Penn

    April 4, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  3. John G, New York, NY

    Good grief! While I certainly believe in ensuring that everyone has a chance to contribute to the selection process...frankly, Florida's Democrats are coming off like petulant children.

    First, they were warned not to break the rules, then they chose to break them, then they were willing to consider an election with no campigning a legitimate reflection of the voters' intentions, then they wanted to seat ALL of those delegates (even though they broke the rules AND the delegates' pledged affiliations were, at best, questionable), then they refused to negotiate with a VERY generous DNC (who was willing to seat all of the delegates from a new vote) to come up with a system of vorting that would actually be a fair contest.

    Fine...take your $45,000...and your crayons, softballs, jax, and all of your other childish toys too.

    Can Floridians GET any more muddled in how they handle their affairs?

    April 4, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. I used to be a Democrat

    Yep. Democrats should just go ahead an concede MI and Fl in November to McCain. They won't be winning those states.

    April 4, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  5. Interesting

    This is pathetic. Disenfranchising voters in MI and FL that we need to win in Nov-08 because of an arbitrary rule.

    Don't blame the donors at all.

    April 4, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. bob



    April 4, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  7. Rose - Baltimore, MD

    Good, that way they don't think they own they party.

    April 4, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  8. Grandma in Alabama

    DNC wake up!! We cannot have another election like we had in 2000 in Florida. You are disenfranchising two states for the stupidity of their governors and legislation. Find a way to seat their entire delegation. If you do not, we may have 4 more years of the Bush doctrine. This country cannot afford that.

    April 4, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. Bob

    I did not know people pay money to get delegtes seated if not return the money. Looks politics is like business. What a sad state of politics in this country ? It is better to return those money and say good bye to them and do business some where else.

    April 4, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  10. loli


    The voters from Florida and Michigan are not going to forget that in November they were being disenfranchised by the Democratic Party.

    April 4, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  11. Richard

    I am now going to send my first campaign donation to the DNC for sending that money back.

    There are more of us than them that think that can buy their will and this election

    April 4, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. Independent

    Good for the DNC. The voter of Florida and Michigan should go after their own Governors and Legislature for this mess. Their votes will count in the general election. I'm sue that these people are intelligent enough to know that this is not the fault of EITHER candidate, but the sole responsibility for this lies within their own states. Next time, VOTE THEM OUT!!!!!!!

    April 4, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  13. FEDUP

    Why not seat them as uncommitted, like the Superdelegates? Let them be free to vote for whomever.

    April 4, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  14. GE

    Oh boo, hoo. You don't get your way, now you're going to pitch a fit. All of this outrage from Michigan and Florida Dems needs to be rethought and REDIRECTED at the real culprits, your state Democratic officials! And stop whining because you can't change the rules or re-write history. It's OVER!

    April 4, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  15. Cathy

    Ah, that explains why Dean and co. are working on a solution to get the delegates seated.

    April 4, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |

    Thanks to Howard Dean and some very dim-witted Democrats in the DNC, this party threatens to fragment. Don't blame Hillary when this happen. This is a party of rights and she has a right to have her popular votes and delgated both counted and seated.

    This would be the worst leadership of the DNC in my political awareness lifetime. Good luck with the basket of water you the DNC is giving the Democrats to carry!

    April 4, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  17. bonnie

    those who live in florida should be out raged.thanks alot obama for sicking your lawyers on this to make sure no revote.you can bet obama will not get there vote in the general election, get ready for a nother republican in the white house, which i might add is far better than obama .

    April 4, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  18. Vince

    Again... Please note that this article DID NOT mention Senator Obama as part of the DNC 'or' part of either of the state's legislatures!

    April 4, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |

    I'm sure it will be more than worth his while to.

    April 4, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  20. Obama For 2 terms!

    Don't forget about Mark Penn........that is the real news!

    Lets end this Charade already!

    April 4, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  21. No More Money

    I would not donate any money to DNC till they get MI and FL resolved.

    April 4, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  22. p.g.

    I'm glad the donors asked for their money back.

    April 4, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  23. A.M. Saqib

    And then what?

    A.M. Saqib
    Houston, Texas

    April 4, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  24. gary

    Of course. HRC gets screwed out of votes. O.B. had his name on the ballot , but took it off. Its been a one sided race from the begining.Its just a bias race against HRC. What comes around goes around.You O.B. supporters. Dont count your chickens before they hatch. O.B. already believes he is President already.He had a free ride through this whole race so far. It will end with him whinning like usall.The only way he will get nominated is by crying race, like he has everytime HRC defended herself.HRC is a fighter and wont give up ,and the Super Deligates know that. They know she is our best canidate to run our country.Sit back in watch. GO HRC.

    April 4, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  25. debra

    I suppose this means that we will lose Florida to the Republicans now. Thank you Dean and Obama!

    April 4, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
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