DNC bans corporate cash from convention
February 4th, 2011
07:22 PM ET
11 years ago

DNC bans corporate cash from convention

Washington (CNN)—The Democratic National Committee will not accept corporate contributions or donations from lobbyists to help fund the 2012 Democratic National Convention, a committee spokesman said on late Friday afternoon.

An excerpt of the contract with the Charlotte, North Carolina host committee provided to CNN reveals that the DNC required a ban corporate cash as well as contributions from political action committees and lobbyists.

Emphasizing the importance of grassroots donations, the DNC expressed an eagerness to involve “people from all over the country” during the three-day convention that closes with the Democratic nomination for president.

DNC Communication Director Brad Woodhouse said, “From the very beginning, President Obama has placed a high priority on increasing the influence of grassroots and individual donors, and this convention will go further in that direction than any convention ever.”

Under the contract, the host committee, made up of prominent Charlotte business leaders, agreed to prohibit lobbyists from serving on the host committee, ban contributions from political action committees (unless approved in advance by the DNCC) or “monetary or in-kind contributions from individuals registered as federal lobbyists,” “monetary contributions from any incorporated for-profit entity,” “monetary contributions in excess of $100,000 from any individual,” and “any contribution whatsoever from any individual who is neither a U.S. citizen nor a legal permanent resident of the U.S” among other provisions.

soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. NVa Native

    If the Repubs did this they couldn't afford postage stamps for the invitations ~ hahahaha!!
    We all know which is the party supporting real Americans and which party is in the pocket of the corporations and multi-nationals.

    February 4, 2011 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  2. wwwgator

    "wont accept corpotrate contributions for the DNC convention", however, regular office hours will resume with business as usual......

    February 4, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  3. AZLib

    Good for them.... FINALLY at least one of the parties is showing signs that they can't be bought and paid for..... You watch the Guardians Of Profit (GOP) will get all they can take..... It's what they do 🙂

    February 4, 2011 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  4. Buddy

    The RNC is laughing all the way to the bank...

    February 4, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I'll make my contributions to the party that contributes to Americans and never to the party that Karl Rove prostitutes for sale to the highest bidder.

    February 4, 2011 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  6. German,IrishAmerican

    George Soros is not a corporation?

    February 4, 2011 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  7. Jennifer

    I bet they won't hesitate to accept Union donations though.


    February 4, 2011 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  8. CNN The Masters of Spin

    Because they have more than enough for their convention.....but they WILL take all any Corp will give any other time!
    Why not ban ALL Corp donations for anything to any Dem???
    What a bunch of Hypocrites!

    February 4, 2011 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  9. Dawn Tarr Ada, Ohio

    There you go Dems!!! Now have a legislator place a bill which will outlaw lobbying all together and we may have hope for a bright future. BAN ALL LOBBYING!!!

    February 4, 2011 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  10. bob

    Now if the Republicans would just follow suit. I doubt that.

    February 4, 2011 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  11. Brian Macker

    Democrats already have piles of cash from corporations for deals like the one made with GE that made them exempt from global warming rules one month after those rules were passed. The purpose of such rules are to give power to the government which it can sell to the highest bidder. The power in this case to hamstring competitors. Also the Democrats get plenty of cash kickbacks for all the stimulus money they showered their supporters with both corporate and non-corporate. That includes unions, and I don't see them claiming they are not funding this with dirty unions money.

    February 5, 2011 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  12. terry, va

    Who needs corporate cash when you get Muslim money from Saudi Arabia or Iran, not to mention money from China.

    February 5, 2011 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  13. KatR

    If the GOP did this their party would disappear into the dustbin of history.

    February 5, 2011 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  14. Chris

    Like to see the RNC do the same thing. Oh, who am I kidding? The RNC works for corporations.

    February 5, 2011 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  15. diridi

    Also, if any one Lobby...just cut his legs and through of of window...o.k...also, pass Senate and congress term-limits....root out all old junk...and rusty thinking...o.k. Drive these from the nation...America is going to be good...

    February 5, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  16. annie s

    Unamerican! Everyone knows corporations are the same as individuals – the Supremes said so!

    February 5, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  17. julibear

    I will be contributing the maximum personal donation to the DCCC this year.

    February 5, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  18. julibear

    oops, DNCC. Thank you for standing up for the interests of actual Americans, not corporate or union interests.

    February 5, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |