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 "American International Group":

"… big donors from the 2008 event that won’t be giving this time around — American International Group and Freddie Mac.The two institutions together gave $1 million to the Repub …"

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 "King":

"… vania delegationsNYC Host Committee, NYC & Co., New York TimesThe Lion King, New Amsterdam Theatre“The Lion King tells the story of the epic adventu …"

"… C & Co., New York TimesThe Lion King, New Amsterdam Theatre“The Lion King tells the story of the epic adventures of a young lion cub named Simba as …"

"… n with the Federalist Group, former aide to Senator Trent Lott (Miss.)B.B. King’s NightclubAfter-hours parties featuring ZZ Top, the Marshall Tucker Ban …"

"… singer Pat BooneRepublican Texas delegationRepublican Texas delegationB.B. King’s NightclubConcert and private party featuring country singer Mark Chesn …"

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 "National Mining Association":

"… up with other energy interests, like the Edison Electric Institute and the National Mining Association, to throw a “Texas Honky-Tonk Salute” for Representative Joe Barton (R …"

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 "Michael Bloomberg":

"… 1 million of the tab, according to the Campaign Finance Institute. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has widely touted the convention as an economic shot in the arm, particula …"

"… looming $6.4 billion budget shortfall also may present problems for Mayor Michael Bloomberg,” reported the St. Petersburg Times. “Bloomberg announced plan …"

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 "Los Angeles":

"… f FEC documents detailing DNCC disbursements during the 2000 convention in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles 2000 host committee’s spending and DNCC disbursements f …"

"… etailing DNCC disbursements during the 2000 convention in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles 2000 host committee’s spending and DNCC disbursements for the 2004 conve …"

"… egory or vendor.The Center categorized the data from the DNCC for both the Los Angeles and Boston conventions by four main categories: Payroll and consulting, tr …"

"… e good or service purchased is unclear, were left out of the databases.The Los Angeles host committee lumped its spending into far larger categories—there was …"

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 "Democratic National Convention":

"… tional Committee chief of staff Rod O’Connor, now the current CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee, told Los Angeles Magazine that getting a post on the committee …"

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 "John Breaux":

"… go for the food.One of the most talked about parties is Louisiana Senator John Breaux’s Caribbean bash, sponsored by more than a dozen media lobbyists, accord …"