Charlotte, NC-- Political conventions have very little effect on gaining votes.
News 2 looked at the impact and the cost of convention to taxpayers.
Both parties got $18.3 million 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.
Read here: Taxpayers Fund the Politics at Democratic and Republican National Conventions
While the conventions are a way to write and approve the party's platform, it also gives political parties a chance to activate their base.
However, when it comes to undecided voters, conventions don't have any impact. There are no hard questions, debates, or balanced substance.
It's a rally for a gigantic group of people, already on the same side to come together.
Dan Rather, former CBS anchor has covered 29 political conventions. Rather who is at the DNC weighed in on the issue for WFMY News 2.
"Nothing is decided here. These are infommercials that you see on television, propaganda spin, very carefully scripted, and I repeat for emphasis, nothing is decided here," said Rather.
Rather estimates that the combined total cost for both the RNC and DNC this year cost around $1-billion.
"When you think about what could be done with hat money, let's just say helping the poor, it raises some serious questions," added Rather.
Conventions have already shrunk in size. They used to be five nights. Now, they're only three. Mainstream network coverage has dropped dramatically over the years.
Read here: How National Political Conventions Have Changed
Rather thinks that eventually parties will do away with conventions because they continue to cost more and mean less.
WFMY News 2