Bloomberg BNA: Amid Convention Controversy, Little Known About Donors
A critic of the current convention funding system is Larry Noble, a former FEC general counsel now with the nonprofit watchdog group Campaign Legal Center. Noble said in a recent phone interview with Bloomberg BNA that the current controversy over who is funding the party conventions emphasizes how far the system has strayed from its original rationale.
Over the years, the FEC “has shredded the laws that explicitly ban corporate spending on conventions,” Noble said in a statement releasing a new report from the Campaign Legal Center. “Now, corporate interests and wealthy individuals gain political access and influence over government officials by spending tens of millions of dollars to fund nominating conventions.”