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Big names among donor list released by RNC Host Committee

1:15 PM, Oct 18, 2012   |    comments
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TAMPA, Florida -- The Tampa Host Committee raised more than $52 million from private citizens and businesses for the Republican National Convention (RNC) in August, according to filings with the Federal Elections Commission.

Although the total donations failed to match the 2008 fundraising hauls for the DNC ($61 million) or the RNC ($59 million), Tampa far out-paced the fundraising total for Charlotte's 2012 Host Committee, which refused most contributions from lobbyists and corporations.  The DNC host committee raised just $35 million.

The funds pay for convention costs not covered by $18.3 million in federal subsidies each party receives for its convention or the $50 million each city receives for security.  However, many watchdog groups have been critical of the "soft money" donations to the host committees, which often provide exclusive political access to big donors.

READ: Tampa Host Committee's official filing (PDF)

The Tampa 2012 Host Committee actually had more million-dollar donors (19) than any previous convention, but many were not from the Tampa Bay area.

A complete list of donors who gave at least $1 million to the Tampa 2012 Host Committee (some included in-kind donations):

  • Sheldon Adelson, owner of Las Vegas Sands Corp. - $5M
  • Marketing Solution Publications, Inc., owned by Bill Edwards. - $4M
  • AT&T - $3.1M
  • Cisco Systems - $3.0M
  • Brighthouse Networks - $2.5M
  • American Petroleum Institute - $2.0M
  • Microsoft - $1.6M
  • Bank of America - $1.1M
  • MetLife, Inc. - $1.06M
  • Florida Power & Light - $1.0M
  • James Davis, Chairman of New Balance Shoes - $1.0M
  • (Jeff) Vinik Family Foundation - $1.0M
  • Paul Singer - $1.0M
  • Paulson & Co. - $1.0M
  • Robert Mercer - $1.0M
  • Robert Wood Johnson  - $1.0M
  • Ronald Wanek, founder of Ashley Furniture - $1.0M
  • Jerry Perenchio Living Trust - $1.0M
  • David H. Koch - $1.0M

When in-kind donations and loans are included, Charlotte's host committee had just two donors that gave $1 million or more:

  • Bank of America - $10.9M
  • Duke Energy - $1.6M

10 News will have more insight and analysis of the numbers throughout the day.

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