Transparency Fail: #DNC2012 won’t release donor list until AFTER the convention

Tack on yet another nail in the “transparency” coffin for Team Obama. Via the Washington Post:

Democratic Party officials say they will not release the names of donors to next month’s political convention before the event, despite an earlier pledge that they would regularly disclose the contributors.

In its marketing materials, the party promises that the “people’s convention,” set to begin Sept. 3 in Charlotte, N.C., will be the “most open and accessible ever.” But the names of donors, some of whom are giving up to $100,000, will remain secret until federal disclosure documents are filed Oct. 15, six weeks after the parties have ended and public attention has shifted to Election Day.


Four years ago, both parties voluntarily listed convention donors online and made regular updates to the information.

Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the nonpartisan Center for Responsible Politics, said the decision not to disclose donors until October “just seems to run counter to the message that this is the people’s convention. You’d think transparency would be something celebrated, not reduced.”


The host committee for the convention, known as Charlotte in 2012, had published on its Web site its policy that donors would be disclosed online “on an ongoing basis.” And the contract city officials signed with Democratic Party officials specified that “all contributions, monetary or in-kind, shall be disclosed publicly .?.?. within an agreed upon regular timeframe on the host committee’s website.”

The committee removed that language from its Web site last week following an inquiry from The Washington Post.

Gives new meaning to the term “change you can believe in”, hmm?

The even funnier part about this is the DNC’s still-laughable claim that they aren’t accepting corporate money. Trust me when I say that, on the issue of campaign donations, Democrats ALWAYS figure out a way to skirt the very rules they demand both parties observe. I wrote about this a few months ago, but the WaPo has a little bit about it in their article as well:

The Charlotte host committee, in an agreement with the Democratic Party, banned direct corporate donations but accepts corporate donations of goods and services. City officials also have created a separate entity that accepts corporate money to fund events around the convention, including a welcoming party for journalists paid for by Time Warner Cable.

Charlotte’s Democrat Mayor Anthony Foxx, a pal of Obama and a key player in getting the DNC to Charlotte, is listed as the president of this “separate entity.”

In more disturbing developments related to the DNC, Red State’s Breeanne Howe writes today about how DNC 2012 is welcoming radical Islam to the convention with open arms … and eyes wide shut. And guess what? Just a few weeks after that, the Nation of Islam will be holding a convention of their own here in Charlotte.

The next month and a half here is going to be a case study into the abject moral bankruptcy of modern day liberalism. Please pray for my city.

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