Democratic host committee raises $85 million
The Democrats' Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee raised more than $85 million to run the party’s nominating convention in July, according to a newly filed disclosure report.
 
More than 100 groups, unions, individuals and corporations gave upward of $100,000 in cash or in-kind services to help cover the enormous expenses involved in putting on the event.
 
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It also ended speculation that image-conscious organizations would not step up to sponsor the event in the wake of controversial comments from Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act MORE
 
Before the events this summer, rumors swirled that companies were dialing back support for the conventions. To not appear partisan, not giving to the GOP effort in Cleveland meant holding out in Philadelphia as well.
 
However, the $85.5 million windfall exceeded the $66 million raised by the Cleveland Host Committee by almost $20 million. The host committees have 60 days after the conventions end to file detailed financial reports to the Federal Election Commission. 
 
“Since the bid phase, the Host Committee had a robust, aggressive fundraising strategy in place, which enabled us to receive broad-based support, locally and nationally, and allowed us to raise funds month after month,” said Kevin Washo, the executive director of Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee, in a statement. 
 
The level of fundraising was especially satisfying, said former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D), because the number was achieved even without millions in federal funding that had been given to conventions for years — Congress nixed the $18 million, per convention, line item in 2014 — and without Philadelphia having to put up any cash.
 
It also happened in spite of the Republican nominee, Rendell said on a conference call with reporters on Tuesday.
 
“Trump caused a lot of companies to withdraw on the national scene,” he said.
 
Rendell himself gave $15,000 to the host committee’s efforts.
 
The Philadelphia convention marks a big victory for Democrats, who have notorious issues with fundraising.
 
In 2012, Democrats raised $42 million for their convention. Republicans brought in nearly $56 million. Each party then got $18 million in taxpayer funds on top of those amounts.
 
That same year, the Charlotte Host Committee — which worked to put on the Democratic convention in North Carolina — relied on a last-minute $10 million loan from Duke Energy to finance the event. 
 
Duke Energy, which is headquartered in Charlotte, ultimately forgave the loan.
 
“This is the first convention since 1996 that didn’t need either to borrow money to meet its obligations or to call on the presidential campaign to fundraise for the host committee,” Anna Adams-Sarthou, a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee, told The Hill.
 
As of mid-September, the committee had $10.1 million left in the bank, which it will use to pay off the remainder of a $5 million loan and the rest of the bills that are still trickling in.
 
The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development threw in a $10 million grant, the single largest contribution to the host committee. 
 
Payments totaling $8.6 million from the City of Philadelphia were diverted from a $43 million security grant from the Department of Justice (DOJ) to defray the cost of securing the city during the convention. Washo said on Tuesday that because the committee was able to cut costs in some of the safety spending, roughly $1 million would be returned to the city to go back to the DOJ.
 
This year, the Democrats' self-imposed ban on corporate donations — that President Obama touted during his re-election campaign — was dropped.
 
Comcast, a Philadelphia-based company, contributed $5 million — primarily in in-kind telecommunications services, hospitality, construction and personnel. 
 
Other top corporate donors include PECO Energy at $1.79 million, AT&T at $1.5 million, Facebook at $1.45 million, Independence Blue Cross at $1.53 million, Aramark at $1.025 million, American Airlines at $1 million, Bank of America at $1 million, American Petroleum Institute at $700,000, Microsoft at $650,000, insurance company Anthem at $600,000, Exelon at $501,092, Google at $500,000, SAP America at $500,000, Wells Fargo at $500,000, PNC Bank at $350,000 and United Healthcare Group at $350,000.
 
Peco Energy, Independence Blue Cross, Aramark, and PNC Bank are all Pennsylvania-based companies.
 
Other companies headquartered in Pennsylvania opened their wallets — including convenience store chain Wawa and AmeriSourceBergen Corporation, which each chipped in $250,000, and home shopping network QVC, which gave $100,000.
 
Labor unions were also well represented among the list of contributors.
 
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers gave more than $2.1 million, and the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers added $1.35 million.
 
The United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Laborers International Union of North America, United Food and Commercial Workers, the American Federation of Government Employees, and the Service Employees International Union each gave six-figure sums.
 
The host committee also attracted top Democratic donors, including $1.5 million from Priorities USA, the super PAC supporting Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: Trump furor stokes fears of unrest Bloomberg rolls out M ad buy to boost Biden in Florida Hillicon Valley: Productivity, fatigue, cybersecurity emerge as top concerns amid pandemic | Facebook critics launch alternative oversight board | Google to temporarily bar election ads after polls close MORE. The Senate Majority PAC and the House Majority PAC, two super PACs that aim to regain a Democratic majority in the respective chambers of Congress, each gave $100,000.
 
Meanwhile, venture capitalist J.B. Pritzker, an heir to the Hyatt Hotel fortune who served as the national co-chairman of Clinton’s 2008 presidential run, gave the single largest donation of any individual — contributing $1.25 million. Philanthropist H. F. “Gerry” Lenfest, once the sole owner of the Philadelphia Daily News and the Philadelphia Inquirer, contributed $1 million. Democratic donor Richard Richman, who has held fundraisers with President Obama, gave $150,000.
 
NextGen Climate, an organization run by Tom Steyer, gave $800,000. Alex Soros, the son of billionaire George Soros, donated $200,000.
 
Civic Entertainment Group, a marketing agency owned by Ryan Seacrest, was another top-dollar donor, giving $700,000. The owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, Christina Weiss Lurie, donated $25,000. The team gave an additional $12,500. Philadelphia’s professional baseball team, the Phillies, contributed $12,500.
 
K Street law and lobby firms also proved to be a source of cash for the host committee: Greenberg Traurig, DLA Piper, Franklin Square Group each contributed anywhere between $25,000 and $55,000.
 
Here is the full list of donors that contributed more than $75,000 in cash and in-kind donations: 
 
 
Contributor's Name   Total donation
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (DCED)$10,000,000.00
City of Philadelphia (via DOJ safety grant)$8,610,562.00
Comcast Corporation$5,616,662.91
Event Transportation$5,222,618.00
PIDC-LOCAL Development Corporation$5,000,000.00
Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau$4,448,500.00
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers$2,175,000.00
Democratic Governors Assocation$2,000,000.00
PECO Energy Company$1,790,070.00
Independence Blue Cross$1,525,000.00
AT&T$1,500,000.00
Priorities USA$1,500,000.00
Facebook, Inc.$1,450,000.00
International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers$1,350,000.00
J.B. Pritzker$1,250,000.00
Aramark$1,025,000.00
American Airlines (US Air)$1,000,000.00
Bank of America$1,000,000.00
H. F. Lenfest$1,000,000.00
NextGen Climate$800,000.00
United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters$800,000.00
American Petroleum Institute $700,000.00
Civic Entertainment Group LLC$700,000.00
Microsoft$650,000.00
Allied Wallet, Inc.$550,000.00
American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO$525,000.00
Anthem Inc.$515,000.00
National Education Association$510,000.00
Exelon Corporation$501,091.46
Google$500,000.00
Highmark Inc.$500,000.00
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers$500,000.00
SAP America, Inc.$500,000.00
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.$500,000.00
Brandywine Operating Partnership, L.P.$494,767.00
AFSCME$485,000.00
Florida Crystals$400,000.00
PNC Bank$350,000.00
S. Daniel Abraham$350,000.00
United Healthcare Group$350,000.00
Constance H. Williams$300,000.00
Michael J Sacks$300,000.00
SEIU 1199$275,000.00
United Food & Commercial Workers$255,000.00
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers$250,000.00
AmeriSourceBergen Corporation$250,000.00
Amy Goldman-Fowler$250,000.00
BCBS Association$250,000.00
Chevron Corporation$250,000.00
Dow Chemical Company$250,000.00
Immunotherapy NANTiBody, LLC$250,000.00
Laborers International Union of North America$250,000.00
Marsha Laufer$250,000.00
Nantkwest Inc.$250,000.00
Service Employees International Union$250,000.00
Twitter Inc.$250,000.00
Wawa$250,000.00
Xerox$250,000.00
Cozen O'Connor$231,821.00
NGP Van, Inc.$225,750.00
Brandywine Operating Partnership LP$225,000.00
Alexander Soros$200,000.00
Amalgamated Bank$200,000.00
Bernard L. Schwartz$200,000.00
CVS Health$200,000.00
Leslie Anne Miller$200,000.00
Walgreens$200,000.00
Uber$190,000.00
Prudential Financial, Inc.$180,000.00
Astellas Pharma US, Inc.$175,000.00
Richard Richman$150,000.00
The Northeast Maglev, LLC (TNEM)$150,000.00
Starr Catering Company$134,740.00
Blackstone Holdings Finance Co, LLC$125,000.00
The Dyson Kissner Moran Corp$125,000.00
Maritz, Inc.$120,000.00
Pennsylvania Convention Ctr/SMG$113,263.00
32BJ SEIU$105,000.00
Digitas Health Life Brands$103,770.00
AirBnB$100,000.00
American Federation of Government Employees$100,000.00
AmeriHealth Caritas Services LLC$100,000.00
Barbara Schmidt$100,000.00
Bennett S. LeBow$100,000.00
Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan$100,000.00
Cancer Treatment Centers of America$100,000.00
Citigroup Management Corporation$100,000.00
DaVita Health Care Partners, Inc.$100,000.00
Deloitte Services, LP$100,000.00
Dominion Research Services, Inc.$100,000.00
Donald Mullen$100,000.00
DuPont$100,000.00
Education Reform Now, Inc$100,000.00
Facilities Management Group Globetrotters$100,000.00
George Krupp$100,000.00
Gerald Schuster$100,000.00
GlaxoSmithKline$100,000.00
Great HealthWorks, Inc.$100,000.00
House Majority PAC$100,000.00
Howard L. Gottlieb Foundation$100,000.00
KPMG, LLP$100,000.00
Lizzie & Jonathan Tisch Foundation, Inc$100,000.00
MacAndrews & Forbes Group, LLC$100,000.00
NASDAQ$100,000.00
PWC$100,000.00
QVC$100,000.00
Samsung$100,000.00
Senate Majority PAC$100,000.00
The Kessler Family Foundation$100,000.00
Thomas Jefferson University$100,000.00
United Automobile Workers$100,000.00
United Refining Company$100,000.00
Univision Management Co.$100,000.00
Cashman, LLC T/A Cashman & Associates$97,319.75
Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance$94,750.00
Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP$90,000.00
Drexel Universtity$85,000.00
Fels Institute of Government$80,000.00
Berger & Montague P.C.$75,000.00
Boscov's Department Store, LLC$75,000.00
General Motors Company$75,000.00
Morgan Stanley$75,000.00
Natural Food Source, Inc.$75,000.00
Radian$75,000.00
The Coca Cola Co.$75,000.00