Seven unions, including the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association, have stepped in to help pay for the Democratic National Convention in Denver after the host committee announced in June it was $10 million short of its fundraising goals.
The host committee, as a private organization, can accept unlimited corporate, union and individual contributions. And while presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee are refusing contributions from registered lobbyists, the ban doesn’t apply to the convention.
Mike Antonucci also cites a Los Angeles Times piece that indicates donors can get “stadium skyboxes” to watch the Obamessiah’s big speech nearby here at Denver’s Invesco Field next week – you know the nice six-figure-a-year executive suites for watching the Bronco games?
Teachers and other union members are footing the bill so the labor bosses can schmooze with Democrat politicos in a luxurious setting. What about union members who don’t support Barack Obama or the Democratic Party? Worse yet, what about those who never joined but pay mandatory agency fees to the union just to keep their job? They’re helping to subsidize the Democratic National Convention fatcat lifestyle, too.