TIME: Why We Don’t Know Who’s Funding the Republican Convention


“It was a cynical move,” Noble said. By making the debate about funding pediatric medicine or funding political conventions, he explained, lawmakers created a false choice—and distracted from the fact that eliminating public grants for conventions was a fairly dramatic move.

“The Host Committees really do give corporate America the chance to make political contributions that would otherwise be illegal,” Noble added.

“You give these large sums and you gain influence with party leaders and office holders,” Noble said. “The party keeps track of who the donors are. They don’t care which fund you’re giving to, you’re still getting credit.”

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