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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Freddie Mac":

"… at won’t be giving this time around — American International Group and Freddie Mac.The two institutions together gave $1 million to the Republican convention …"

"… would eventually sink $71 billion into the insurance giant. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac gave $250,000 to both committees. Three days after the close of the Republ …"

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 "Lindsey Graham":

"… ste of Brooklyn” party for the Republican Governors Association.Senators Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), along with a few other Southern congress …"

"… ians Brooks & Dunn. All Republican senators expected to attend.Senator Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Senator Saxby Chambliss (Ga.) and other Southern members of Congre …"

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 "mayor":

"… icials from the Republican Party, the host committee and the New York City mayor’s office refused to field questions about what will happen to the in-kin …"

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 "The New York Times":

"… an to Hoboken, forcing them to transfer to different trains or ferries. The New York Times reported in July that closing six of Penn Station’s eight exits woul …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… ion.The Center for Public Integrity reviewed tens of thousands of pages of Federal Election Commission documents filed by the Philadelphia 2000 host committee, the Committee on …"

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 "mayor":

"… are invited to consider hosting a presidential nominating convention, some mayors immediately start wooing the party leaders, even before the RFPs are dist …"

"… etroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau. A spokesman for Detroit’s mayor’s office said he had no information on how much the bidding process cost …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… ust submit line items detailing each expense related to the convention.The Center for Public Integrity has reviewed thousands of FEC documents detailing DNCC disbursements durin …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "mayor":

"… izcaya Museum & Gardens.Alejandro Miyar, press spokesman for the Miami mayor’s office said, “The city spent no money” on the 2004 bid process, an …"

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 "Iowa":

"… delegationBoston 2004Navy Yard Pier 1Historic naval yard, Charlestown25-JulIowa and Missouri delegationsBoston 2004New England Aquarium, downtownAquarium2 …"