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DNC Stands For "Donors Need Clarity"

The Democratic National Convention is coming to Philadelphia and it is sure to kick off with a rousing rendition of The Star Spangled Banner.  "O! Say Can You See?"  Actually, when it comes to who is paying for the festivities -- and wondering what those folks want in exchange for their generosity -- we just plain can't see.  That lack of transparency is downright un-American and it's no good for the citizens who live here in the birthplace of the American democracy.

As local media have reported, the DNC Host Committee, led by local muckety-mucks has pledged to raise $60 million to pay for the costs of the event, but is refusing to make public the list of donors and donation amounts until it is legally required to do so (under federal law) AFTER the convention.  But, the last time Philadelphia hosted a national political convention -- the Republican National Convention in 2000 -- the donor list was made public weeks in advance of the gathering so we all knew who gave what.

Most important, we knew who was not paying for the party in 2000 -- us, the taxpayers of the City.  But hold on to your wallets, because you might just have to help foot this bill.