Celtic Diva's Blue Oasis: Extension of the campaign has caused money shortfall for the DNC - DNCC feels the pinch and consolidates

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Extension of the campaign has caused money shortfall for the DNC - DNCC feels the pinch and consolidates

per the Denver Post:
After months of planning for two dozen parties to fete the 56 delegations to the Democratic National Convention, the city's host committee is considering scrapping those parties in favor of one bash.

Facing a shortfall in the amount of private money the host committee needs to do such things as throw these parties, planners are notifying the different venues that they won't be needing the spaces on Aug. 24, the Sunday before the convention opens.

"It has the potential to save money," host committee spokesman Chris Lopez said today.

While they don't say it in this article, they did talk about it in the Washington Post a little over a week ago. This is a direct result of Hillary Clinton staying in the race. While she and Barack Obama raised record amounts of cash, the DNC is far behind the RNC in their own coffers.
The host committee is responsible for raising $40.6 million in private cash donations by June 16 to do such things as help transform the Pepsi Center into a convention hall, create media facilities in and outside the hall, and to host the parties.

Because the committee is far behind in fundraising — last month, officials reported only $25 million had been banked — the committee is looking for ways to cut costs.

It looks as if the same day of the story, the DNCC came up with a solution.

Per my email and Demcon Watch.
Denver, CO - June 4, 2008 - After consultation with the Democratic National Convention Committee, the Denver 2008 Host Committee today announced that it will direct delegates to a single celebration commemorating the recovery and rebuilding of areas affected by Hurricane Katrina in lieu of individual delegate welcoming events. The event, to be hosted by the Friends of New Orleans, will be held Sunday, Aug. 24, three years after Katrina devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast Region in August, 2005.

The single-event format provides a natural forum to unite delegates and other convention guests in a festive environment for a worthwhile cause on an important anniversary. Friends of New Orleans is an international organization committed to supporting the ongoing recovery and rebuilding of the Gulf Coast Region.

"People across the country have poured their heart and soul into helping rebuild New Orleans and the surrounding Gulf Coast Region," said Host Committee President/Chair Elbra Wedgeworth. "This event will recognize those efforts, and we hope all of the delegates and guests to the Democratic National Convention will join in this commemorative event."

This consolidation supported by the Democratic National Convention Committee will enable the Host Committee to focus greater resources and energy into activities taking place in and around the Pepsi Center, where the actual Convention is being held Aug. 25-Aug. 28. This also provides the City of Denver and Convention attendees a chance to honor the three-year anniversary of Katrina.

Previous plans for delegate welcoming events included gatherings at 24 different locations around Denver, each of which would host anywhere from one to five delegations. The consolidation of the delegate celebrations will not, however, detract from Denver's efforts to showcase itself to the tens of thousands of elected officials, delegates, media and other guests who will be in Denver for the Convention. Hundreds of events are planned in and around Denver that will highlight the city's cultural diversity and rich history. The Historic Five Points Jazz Festival, Media Welcoming Celebration and Symposia of the Rockies are just some of the events taking place at unique spots around the city during Convention Week.

Now this is the part that excites me!
Following this event, which will invite all 56 delegations attending the 2008 Democratic National Convention, Denver's Fillmore Auditorium will present the "New Orleans All-Star Jam-Balaya," a concert featuring both the music and food that made New Orleans famous.

Oooooh...red beans and rice while listening to Cajun music.

Oh PLEASE let the bloggers come!!!!!!


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