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 "Federalist Group":

"… angeWall Street center for commerceUnknownGOP Lobbyist John Green with the Federalist Group, former aide to Senator Trent Lott (Miss.)B.B. King’s NightclubAfter-hou …"

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

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

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 "Massachusetts":

"… onvention to DNC headquarters in April 2002 with great fanfare, flanked by Massachusetts Senators Ted Kennedy and Kerry, who went on to win the party’s nominatio …"

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 "Democratic National Convention":

"… for the party committees formed to handle the convention expenses like the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC), those committees must submit line items detailing each e …"

"… rd to blend the numbers from the host committee with the DNCC numbers.2000 Democratic National Convention Committee disbursements:Starting with the DNCC data for the 2000 Democrati …"

"… 76.Lucy McCoy, president, $87,500.Reed & Davidson, legal, $81,302.2004 Democratic National Convention Committee disbursements (Oct. 2002-March 31, 2004)The analysis of the DNCC …"

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 "Michael Bloomberg":

"… r“In search of a lift for the city’s sinking economy and morale, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is staging an extraordinarily lavish series of events designed to persuade …"

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 "actor":

"… d the Hub, from museums, historic sites and parks, to a brewery, a cookie factory and university campuses. The biggest one is the reception for 15,000 memb …"

"… lebrities like Boston’s home boy Ben Affleck, Oscar winner Chris Cooper, actor William Baldwin and actress/Air America talk show host Janeane Garofalo to …"