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 "Bank of America":

"… oldman Sachs and Citigroup; $150,000 from Morgan Stanley and $100,000 from Bank of America.Most of the banks and other institutions that made contributions to the co …"

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 "Michigan":

"… some prince into a monstrous beast.” ($30-95)Ohio, Missouri, Indiana and Michigan delegationsNYC Host Committee, NYC & Co., New York TimesWonderful Town …"

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 "Republican Party":

"… n to its televisions after the convention has concluded.Officials from the Republican Party, the host committee and the New York City mayor’s office refused to fiel …"

"… tel staff parties ($2.4 million).Hospitality lounges for media, diplomats, Republican Party officials ($1 million).Welcoming and information booths ($250,000).Special …"

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 "Bloomberg":

"… political committees and have an even easier time accepting corporate aid.Bloomberg reporter Jonathan Salant estimated that Verizon donated $3 million to the …"

"… ressed as a donkey, according to press reports.New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose city eventually landed the 2004 Republican convention, delivered hi …"

"… Included with the bid document was a CD-ROM that included a video clip of Bloomberg making the city’s case.A month later, McAuliffe sent letters to the four …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Associated Press":

"… Greg Sargent in July 2002.Included on New York’s itinerary, according to Associated Press, Boston Globe and New York Observer press accounts:Dinner catered by four …"

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 "America":

"… ntion. The remaining parties have as sponsors the likes of insurance giant American International Group, biotech firm Genzyme, telecommunications firms Time …"

"… and the International Brotherhood of Carpenters, and trade groups like the American Gas Association and the National Association of Broadcasters.Corporations …"

"… nity that we want to let slide by,” Daphne Magnuson, spokeswoman for the American Gas Association (AGA) told The Boston Globe, adding that the group has bu …"

"… Affleck, Oscar winner Chris Cooper, actor William Baldwin and actress/Air America talk show host Janeane Garofalo to attend a fundraiser for the non-profit …"