CHARLOTTE, N.C. With the Democratic National Convention entering its second day, the citys host committee refused again Tuesday to say how much money it has raised to pay for the actual convention.
We raised what we needed to have to host a great convention, host committee spokeswoman Suzi Emmerling said. Details wont be publicly released, she added, until reports are filed with the Federal Election Commission sometime in October.
When Charlotte was picked to host the Democrats 2012 gathering, the committee co-chaired by Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers pledged to raise $36.6 million. Thats how much the Democratic National Convention Committee said it would need to fund the convention.
But Emmerling also declined to say whether the committee had reached that total and said she didnt know whether funds were still being raised during convention week.
For months, news outlets citing anonymous sources have claimed that the host committee was struggling to reach its goal mostly because of President Barack Obamas instructions not to accept corporate cash, PAC money or individual contributions of more than $100,000.
Corporate donations denied
Corporations have bankrolled most past conventions of both parties.
On Tuesday, Emmerling denied a report by Bloomberg News that said that companies including Bank of America and Wells Fargo have contributed $20 million toward the cost of the Democratic National Convention itself. Bloomberg also reported that, according to sources, convention organizers turned to corporations as it struggled to reach the $36.6 million.
Emmerling said the host committee has not violated those rules against taking corporate cash.
She suggested the Bloomberg report conflated two different funds one to pay for the convention and another created to promote Charlotte and pay for welcome parties for delegates and the media.
The New American City Fund does accept corporate cash, as the host committee acknowledged more than a year ago.
But Emmerling said those funds have not been used to pay for the convention itself, including the cost of renting and re-making Bank of America Stadium for Obamas acceptance speech Thursday night.
Kristie Greco, spokeswoman for the Democratic National Convention Committee, which spent the money raised for the convention, would say only that we hit our fundraising target and have the resources we need to host a successful convention.