So former Mecklenburg County commish Dan Murrey will head the DNC 2012 host committee. We already know that the convention effort is totally dependent on millions in back-stopping from Duke Energy — a publicly regulated utility. Will Murrey now lead a raid on public funds laundered through medical entities — via Medicare and Medicaid — to further fund the convention?
To put on the 2008 Denver affair, the host committee raised $60m. and spent $53m. — much more than Charlotte says it will need.
Denver was heavily reliant on corporate cash, PAC money, and big — $500K or more — donations from individuals. Other notable contributors included local visitors’ bureaus, the Denver Chamber ($250K), Freddie Mac ($250K), the Denver Business Journal (?) for $22K, Goodwill Industries ($32K), and Staples Inc., for what had to be $229K worth of office supplies.
If you think Charlotte is ready for this kinda activity — well, we shall surely see.