More Obama hypocrisy? Democrats won’t disclose donors to Charlotte convention until after the event
“They have a vested interest in being able to spend millions anonymously to influence our elections,” Messina wrote.
The Obama campaign and its supporters also have called on Republican challenger Mitt Romney to release more tax returns, suggesting that he may be hiding information about his personal finances.
Four years ago, both parties voluntarily listed convention donors online and made regular updates to the information.
Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the nonpartisan Center for Responsible Politics, said the decision not to disclose donors until October “just seems to run counter to the message that this is the people’s convention. You’d think transparency would be something celebrated, not reduced.”
Democrats have had trouble raising money for the gathering largely because of a decision to ban corporate money. Corporations traditionally have provided much of the financing for both party conventions. But in a sign of their tight budget, Democratic organizers shortened the official convention schedule from four days to three.
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