Bailed-out banks, Freddie Mac, AIG gave $6 million to 2008 conventions

By John Dunbar and Michael Beckel

Corporate donors to 2008 party conventions included financial institutions bailed out by government.

Grand Old Parties: Special interests shower Republicans with perks and parties in the Big Apple

By Meredith O'Brien

Cowboy boots and rock stars. Tuxedos and champagne. Batting practice in a Major League Baseball stadium and coveted tickets to the U.S. Open

Excerpts from this story referencing "humanitarian":

"… Frist (Tenn.)PepsiCoMetropolitan Museum of ArtReceptionWorld of Hope, AIDS/humanitarian foundationSenate Majority Leader Bill Frist (Tenn.)Rockefeller CenterConce …"

The Republican convention: The party begins in New York City, paid for by special interests

By Meredith O'Brien

WASHINGTON, August 20, 2004 — President Bush will accept his party's nomination in New York City at the Republican National Convention, an e

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston":

"… ng an estimated $95 million to throw the Democratic National Convention in Boston – the final tab won’t likely be known for months – the event did lit …"

"… ’s image in front of a crowd of 15,000 journalists in the FleetCenter in Boston.Many pundits have argued that the election results won’t really be affec …"

"… in a July 2004 study.As Senator Joe Biden, D-Del., made his way home from Boston, he remarked to The Boston Globe, “Maybe I’ve been to too many of thes …"

"… nator Joe Biden, D-Del., made his way home from Boston, he remarked to The Boston Globe, “Maybe I’ve been to too many of these things, but two days woul …"

Counting the costs: Convention boosters promise a windfall that rarely materializes

By Meredith O'Brien

This year's Republican convention in New York City is expected to cost by some estimates up to $166 million. Federal taxpayers will pay near

Excerpts from this story referencing "radiation":

"… e technologies, bomb-sniffing dogs, hand-held sensors, hydraulic barriers, radiation detectors, X-ray bomb detectors, bio-chemical kits, night vision technolog …"

Spending spree: Where does the GOP spend its convention loot?

By Meredith O'Brien

An accounting of the exact costs of a national presidential nominating convention cannot be made until after the multi-day event has conclud

It's their party: DNC demands boost cost of convention, paid for by special interests

By Meredith O'Brien

WASHINGTON, July 12, 2004 — On the way to running up an estimated $95 million tab for its 2004 presidential nominating convention in Boston,

Excerpts from this story referencing "Microsoft Corporation":

"… ional parties. Contributors to the Democratic convention committee include Microsoft Corporation (computer software and technical support), General Motors Corporation (31 …"

Spending spree: Where does the convention money go?

By Meredith O'Brien

WASHINGTON, July 12, 2004 — An accounting of the exact costs of national presidential nominating conventions cannot be made until after the

Wining and dining the DNC

By Meredith O'Brien

WASHINGTON, July 12, 2004 — It's little wonder that seats on the site selection committees that choose the venue for presidential nominating

The party's parties

By Meredith O'Brien

WASHINGTON, July 8, 2004 — At this year's Democratic national convention in Boston, special interests are planning and paying for a reported

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kansas":

"… ston 2004L Street Bathhouse, South BostonRecreation Center25-JulLouisiana, Kansas, Nebraska delegationsBoston 2004Wang Center, downtownPerformance Hall25-Ju …"