Corporate Cash Is Infesting the Democratic and Republican National Conventions

Tell the Parties: Disclose Immediately and Ban All Corporate Contributions for Future Conventions


Both the Republicans and Democratic parties have set up “host committees” or other nonprofit groups to accept corporate and special interest contributions. Both are likely to keep the full list of sponsors secret for as long as they can — well after the conventions.

These conventions should be about celebrating party members and nominating candidates, not selling influence to profit-hungry corporations and special interests.

Add your name below to urge the Democrats and Republicans to disclose the host committee donors and ban all corporate contributions for future conventions.


We, the undersigned, call on the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention to disclose immediately the sources of their funds and ban all corporate giving to host committees in the next election.

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Expose the Sponsors

Though neither party is disclosing its full list of corporate sponsors, some sponsors of a nonprofit group set up by the DNC’s host committee have been revealed thanks to investigative reporting. The RNC host committee lists some corporate sponsors on its website. Below is a list of the corporate sponsors we know about:

Republican convention (August 27 to 30 in Tampa, Fla.)

  • American Petroleum Institute
  • American Natural Gas Alliance
  • Florida Blue (Blue Cross Blue Shield)
  • Bright House Networks
  • Chevron
  • Coca-Cola
  • CSX
  • Darden Restaurants
  • Florida Realtors
  • Ford
  • Google
  • Harris
  • Microsoft
  • Mosaic
  • Progress Energy
  • Publix
  • Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
  • Ste. Michelle Wine Estates (Altria)
  • St. Pete Clearwater
  • Tampa Bay & Co.
  • TECO Energy
  • UPS
  • Walmart
  • WellCare
  • Wells Fargo
  • Xerox

Democratic convention (September 4 to 6 in Charlotte, N.C.)

  • AT&T
  • Bank of America
  • Coca-Cola
  • Duke Energy
  • Time Warner Cable
  • Wells Fargo

If you are attending either convention and you notice corporate-sponsored events, let us know. Take a picture of any corporate logos you see and email them to

Illegal Activity

When corporate lobbyists schmooze with lawmakers at the conventions, they sometimes cross the line of what’s legal. Find out what lobbyists and lawmakers aren’t allowed to do, and help watch for illegal activity at the conventions.

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Number Date Name Add a Comment
36219 Wed Sep 12 12:22:13 EDT 2012 Lori Gembka
36218 Wed Sep 12 12:14:12 EDT 2012 Jeannette Patrie
36217 Wed Sep 12 11:30:28 EDT 2012 Lee LeFaivre
36216 Wed Sep 12 09:54:27 EDT 2012 Jan Crean
36215 Wed Sep 12 09:07:45 EDT 2012 A. Wolf
36214 Wed Sep 12 02:21:11 EDT 2012 Anonymous
36213 Wed Sep 12 02:18:27 EDT 2012 Lois Johnson-Hamerman
36212 Wed Sep 12 01:33:40 EDT 2012 Anonymous
36211 Wed Sep 12 01:24:39 EDT 2012 Scott Sherwood
36210 Wed Sep 12 01:12:16 EDT 2012 Matthew Cloner
36209 Wed Sep 12 01:02:46 EDT 2012 Nicole Westre
36208 Wed Sep 12 00:00:48 EDT 2012 Lynda Ragsdale
36207 Tue Sep 11 23:57:18 EDT 2012 Brian Krahmer
36206 Tue Sep 11 23:48:57 EDT 2012 Connie Roux
36205 Tue Sep 11 22:37:59 EDT 2012 Dennis Hall
36204 Tue Sep 11 21:05:37 EDT 2012 Walter Moore
36203 Tue Sep 11 20:39:20 EDT 2012 curtis
36202 Tue Sep 11 19:42:35 EDT 2012 Bill Cunningham
36201 Tue Sep 11 18:47:54 EDT 2012 Christina Fermin
36200 Tue Sep 11 18:33:22 EDT 2012 Keith Gordon
36199 Tue Sep 11 17:51:38 EDT 2012 John Russell
36198 Tue Sep 11 17:41:53 EDT 2012 Dagmar Nilsen
36197 Tue Sep 11 17:28:33 EDT 2012 Patricia Gawith
36196 Tue Sep 11 17:15:15 EDT 2012 Anonymous
36195 Tue Sep 11 16:56:13 EDT 2012 Barbara Hills
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