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 "Wells Fargo":

"… ions as “our sponsors.”This year, companies ranging from Coca-Cola and Wells Fargo to Xerox and UPS are working to ensure that they have a presence at both c …"

"… both conventions.“There’s a lot of cost around the convention,” said Wells Fargo spokesman Kathy Harrison. “It is important as a good corporate citizen t …"

"… “It is important as a good corporate citizen to support the host city.”Wells Fargo was one of the banks that benefited from the government’s bank bailout, …"

"… s came from U.S. Bancorp ($1 million), Goldman Sachs & Co. ($255,000), Wells Fargo ($250,000), J.P. Morgan Chase ($100,000) and Morgan Stanley ($100,000) and …"

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 "Tennessee":

"… lovely young soprano.” ($25-100)Virginia, Alabama, District of Columbia, Tennessee, Maryland and Georgia delegationsNYC Host Committee, NYC & Co., New Yo …"

"… ee.A reception at the Johnny Cash exhibit at Sotheby’s auction house for Tennessee’s senators, Majority Leader Bill Frist and Lamar Alexander, who is chair …"

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 "Governor":

"… arty had even issued its RFP. Mayor Thomas M. Menino, a Democrat, and then-Governor Jane Swift, a Republican, hosted the event in July 2001. More than 300 Rep …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "travel expenses":

"… sing/taxes)Travel and lodging, $2.7 million ($2.4 million in miscellaneous travel expenses, $178,031 lodging, $106,046 staff housing, $12,552 airfare)Media/videos/pr …"

"… 50,799 catering)Among the top individual recipients of payments (including travel expenses) were:David J. Nash and Associates, production consulting, $2.4 million.Th …"

"… and Hook, consulting, $440,064.Individual line items by category (includes travel expenses for individuals or companies):ConsultingDavid J. Nash and Associates, prod …"

"… s, web site services, $470,000.Top salaries among COA officials (including travel expenses) James DiPaula, $202,207.Republican National Committee, $171,332.D. Jan Mc …"

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 "Verizon":

"… accepting corporate aid.Bloomberg reporter Jonathan Salant estimated that Verizon donated $3 million to the New York City Host committee, and that IBM has d …"

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