The Democratic National Convention Committee spent about $8 million on everything from hotels to the Foo Fighters performance in the three months leading up to and including the convention in Charlotte, new documents filed with the Federal Election Commission show.
The quarterly report covers July 1 to Sept. 30, in which the conventions organizers shelled out $7.99 million. The money comes from the $17.7 million given to each political convention from people who checked the $3 voluntary donation box on their tax forms.
Fundraising and spending figures from the Charlotte host committee and its separate nonprofit collecting corporate contributions are expected later this week.
Convention organizers largest collective expenses included staff salaries, lodging and travel.
Among the DNCCs expenditures:
• $147,450 to the rock group Foo Fighters, who performed a set in Time Warner Cable Arena on the closing night of the convention.
• $88,651.23 on security consulting.
• Tens of thousands of dollars for airfare, including $30,515 to US Airways.
• $61,000 at the Westin Hotel uptown, one of several hotels used.
• More than $32,000 to the Charlotte Convention Center for catering.
• $75.14 in bank fees to Bank of America, which held its deposits.
Including the latest figures, the committee has spent $12.9 million so far this year and spent $2.8 million last year.
The DNCC reported still having $2.5 million cash on hand at the end of September. Invoices and other expenses are expected to still trickle in.