The 'People's' Convention?

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    DNC in Charlotte to Feature Million-dollar tickets, luxury suites, concierge services for the 1 Percent.


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    The organizers of the upcoming Democratic National Convention are doing everything possible to get around the same financial restrictions they once promoted in a concerted effort to make sure that America’s wealthiest individuals, corporations, and lobbyists contribute their “fair share” to the convention.

    Host committee spokeswoman Suzi Emmerling, formerly of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress, insisted that convention leaders were not attempting to sidestep the fundraising restrictions. Democratic National Convention Committee CEO Steve Kerrigan, she said, had simply been “educating Beltway types about the new rules.”

    Democrats are billing the upcoming Democratic National Committee’s annual convention as a “People’s Convention,” funded by “the people.” At President Obama’s request, the host committee in Charlotte—which must raise $36.6 million to pay for the convention—has promised to refuse donations from corporations, lobbyists or other special interest groups, including unions. Individual contributions are limited to $100,000.

    But living up to these ambitious self-imposed rules is proving more difficult than party leaders expected. Local sources say the DNC is approaching wealthy Bank of America executives in an effort to unload some of its premier convention packages. A number of these executives have been shocked at the audacity of the proposition, given the administration’s attacks on not only the bank but also on wealthy Americans in general. President Obama and his Democratic colleagues have repeatedly charged that wealthy Americans are not “paying their fair share” to the federal government in the form of taxes.

    Steve Kerrigan, the committee CEO, recently convened a meeting with lobbyists and other Beltway power brokers at the Jefferson Hotel in Washington D.C. Democratic sources told Bloomberg that Kerrigan, a former national political director for Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), touted an expensive array of convention “packages” that were aimed at attracting ultra-wealthy donors.

    One of the options is the $1 million “Presidential” level, which includes a “premier uptown hotel room” and “concierge services,” as well as the $500,000 “Gold Rush” package.

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    It's tragic than even the most well meaning candidate must sell out to compete. Welcome to the plutocracy, we worked hard for it, we earned it through our stupidity and we deserve the horrible repercussions.
     
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    'the most well meaning candidate' is not your candidate. That's just a delusional fantasy of yours.
     
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    Are you saying that a candidate can become president without selling out? Now that's delusional.
     
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    Yup.

    Contrary to the wishful thinking of far too many people on this board, a whole lot of active DEMS are rather well off.

    As delegates typically have to pay the freight for attending the conventions, not a whole lotta po' Dems attend such conventions.
     
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    Bet ya the Dear Leader's good buddy & 'Jobs Czar' GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt, will have the best seat in the house.
     
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    People like you only promote the poor behavior. You shouldn't just accept 'selling out' like it's a prerequisite for being President. That mentality makes you part of the problem, not the solution.
     
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    Being able to perceive the evils in the world is not acceptance, far from it, I accept only that evil expects good to follow the rules or set of ethics it breaks everyday. The only acceptance I see are many so called conservatives hating real populism and worshiping those who dwell in the ivory towers. Lots of people tried and are still trying to restrict the money hose in politics only to be called commies or business haters, just because many of them vote democrat does not mean they support everything democrats do, they are just voting against the people who willingly turned our political playing field into the pay to play mudpit it is.
     
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    Obama swallowed miles of wealthy donor cock in 2008. Why should 2012 be different.

    "Do as I say, not as I do."
     
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    Despite his rhetorical attacks on Wall Street, a study by the Sunlight Foundation’s Influence Project shows that President Barack Obama has received more money from Wall Street than any other politician over the past 20 years, including former President George W. Bush.

    In 2008, Wall Street’s largesse accounted for 20 percent of Obama’s total take, according to Reuters


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