June 26th, 2007
05:42 PM ET
11 years ago

Feds announce party convention grants

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The national Democratic and Republican parties will each receive $16.4 million in federal funds to hold their presidential nominating conventions in 2008, the Federal Election Commission announced Tuesday.

The money essentially will fund official party activity that takes place inside the convention hall, while non-partisan “host committees” are generally responsible for activity that takes place outside of the hall. The major parties first began receiving public convention funding in the 1976 election cycle, in the wake of Watergate-era changes to campaign finance laws.

Taxpayers fund the convention grants voluntarily by donating $3 on their annual federal tax returns, the same method used to provide public funding for qualifying presidential candidates. In exchange for the funding, the parties agree to limit their spending and to file detailed disclosure reports.

Democrats will hold their convention in Denver, Colorado, from August 25-28, 2008. Republicans will meet in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, from September 1-4, 2008.

Filed under: Race to '08
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Connie, Louisville, Tn.

    What if everybody stopped giving their $3.00? Let's just let the winners of the primaries run for President – 1st gets to run for President and 2nd for Vice President.

    June 26, 2007 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  2. Phil, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Meanwhile, the Libertarians and other third parties will do the morally responsible thing and pay for their convention without the taxpayer's money.

    June 26, 2007 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  3. Bob Earl, Miami, Florida

    Keep paying your taxes.
    Republicans and Democrats are in total control of the government and don't give a damn about our citizens.
    Now they are stealing $32,800,000.00 from you to enable them to keep power over all of us.
    It is time for a revolution!

    June 26, 2007 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  4. Jer, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Does anyone remember why the US went to war with Iraq in the first place? Weapons of mass distruction, remember? It is curious to me that after no WMD were found, the conflict turned into a war against terror. I guess terrorists are only found in Iraq.

    June 26, 2007 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |