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
36394 Tue Oct 02 13:43:16 EDT 2012 Lawrence Lee overturn citizens united.
36393 Tue Oct 02 07:44:28 EDT 2012 Erin Brandon
36392 Tue Oct 02 07:42:26 EDT 2012 Erin Brandon
36391 Mon Oct 01 23:40:29 EDT 2012 Lori Gilio
36390 Mon Oct 01 20:11:54 EDT 2012 kay WARD
36389 Mon Oct 01 11:43:55 EDT 2012 Lindsey Loperena
36388 Sun Sep 30 13:59:39 EDT 2012 Sheila Culkin
36387 Sat Sep 29 13:17:57 EDT 2012 Lindsey Loperena
36386 Sat Sep 29 10:53:28 EDT 2012 peter yackel
36385 Sat Sep 29 08:59:07 EDT 2012 Gloria Foster
36384 Fri Sep 28 18:44:04 EDT 2012 E B We need citizen-taxpayer funded elections with strict limits on contributions, say $1,000 per candidate each election & full disclosure of every cent to save our democracy!
36383 Fri Sep 28 03:21:11 EDT 2012 Kristina Norman
36382 Thu Sep 27 20:41:25 EDT 2012 Joan Haven
36381 Wed Sep 26 22:51:52 EDT 2012 Lynn B. Spees
36380 Wed Sep 26 21:32:56 EDT 2012 John Toth
36379 Wed Sep 26 19:11:56 EDT 2012 Grace Payne
36378 Wed Sep 26 16:01:34 EDT 2012 michele villemaire
36377 Wed Sep 26 11:44:31 EDT 2012 Karen Miller
36376 Wed Sep 26 10:45:16 EDT 2012 John Ricker
36375 Wed Sep 26 09:55:55 EDT 2012 Mark Dolezal
36374 Wed Sep 26 08:28:57 EDT 2012 David Haney
36373 Wed Sep 26 00:36:26 EDT 2012 Samantha Stanley
36372 Tue Sep 25 18:33:02 EDT 2012 Juliana Ley
36371 Tue Sep 25 16:05:55 EDT 2012 Connie Jones
36370 Tue Sep 25 15:41:12 EDT 2012 Anthony Ross
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