Taxpayers fund the politics at Democratic and Republican National Conventions

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Charlotte, NC -- We all suspect it.

But we don't want to believe it.

You, the taxpayer are providing a hefty sum of money to put on the Democratic and Republican National Convention.

We got these numbers from our news partner WTSP in Tampa.

Both parties got $18.3 million of each for the political portion of their conventions..

They got an additional $50 million for security.


So we're talking a total of $136.6 million for both conventions.

Of course, you could argue security has to take priority and the spending for that.

But the other sum of $36 million is one of the main reasons why North Carolina Congressman Howard Coble has *never* attended a convention.


"There's a congressional appropriation for campaigns which I think should be eliminated. I voted to eliminate that. I think the federal government should not be involved in financing or subsidizing the national Republican and the national Democratic Conventions," Coble said.

Significant considering Coble's been in office 28 years.

And wait until you see how some of *your* tax dollars were spent.

We only have numbers from the RNC in Tampa.

The most expensive line item?

$2,183,624 on payroll and taxes.

$2,007,694 on production, lights and cameras and sound.

But notice $264,742 for social media services.

$150,365 for the website.

And another $42,767 on meetings, catering and beverages.

And that included a $1400 meal at a Tampa restaurant on your dime.

But I did manage to find an opposing view from Congressman John Lewis of Georgia.

He says the public *should* fund these conventions to make them less about the big moneymakers.

And give the people more control over the political process.

So there's room for debate.

It's important to note that the funds for the political portion of the conventions come from taxpayers who check a box at the top of their tax returns to give $3 of their taxes to the Presidential Election Campaign Fund.

The money for renting facilities and infrastructure typically comes from the parties' non-profit entities which can raise unlimited funds.

WFMY News2

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