As the saying goes, there ain’t no party like a convention party ’cause a convention party…is costing taxpayers $136 million.
That’s right — as the U.S. economy continues to shit the bed, taxpayers are shelling out more than $136 million so members of the country’s two major political parties can have booze-infused, week-long parties to do little more than schmooze and hang out.
The Federal Election Committee has dropped $18 million for each of the two national political conventions — the Republicans in Tampa, Florida, and the Democrats in Charlotte, North Carolina — and that’s only for things like booze and balloons.
In addition to the $36 million for party favors, Congress has allocated $50 million for security at each of the two conventions — which brings the total amount of taxpayer coin for this year’s political conventions to $136 million.
Let’s take a look at what those of us who pay taxes are getting for our money, shall we?
On the Republican side, GOPers will get drunk in Tampa, talk about how
abortion is bad, how the gayz are bad, how immigrants are bad, how
Obamacare is bad, how Jesus is good, how Ronald Reagan was fucking
awesome, how the debt is too high, how taxes are too high, and
ultimately nominate Mitt Romney as the party’s nominee for president.
the other side of the aisle, Democrats will get drunk in Charlotte,
play with balloons, scream “four more years,” ignore the national debt,
talk about how businesses are evil, how corporations are the work of the
devil, how Mitt Romney never paid taxes, how poor people are entitled
to your money, how Paul Ryan wants to put black people “back in chains,”
how Republicans want to push old ladies off of cliffs, how and
ultimately nominate Barack Obama as the party’s nominee for president.
we’ve known both of these guys are going to be their respective party’s
nominee for months — in Obama’s case, for four years. Does it really
take $136 million in taxpayer funds to make it official?
started footing part of the bill for political conventions in 1976 in an
attempt to guard against special interest groups getting too much
influence by ponying up the cash for the pointless parties. In 1976,
political parties each received about $2 million. But the FEC law
includes a “cost of living adjustment” to keep up with inflation. Since
then, the number has ballooned to more than $18 million for each party.
See the numbers for every convention year on the FEC’s website by
As for guarding against special interests, the taxpayer coin does literally nothing — click here for a New York Times
article detailing how private companies (many of which have business
before Congress) still drop millions of dollars on political conventions
(read: try to win influence).
So, as you continue to flip
through the want ads — and the national debt approaches $16 trillion —
the country’s politically connected are partyin’ away…on your dime.