Who paid for the conventions?

By Laurie Bennett

October 18, 2012 at 9:54am

Documents filed Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission provide some new insights into the finances of the two major parties.

Democrats fell far short of their $36.7 million fundraising goal for their 2012 convention, raising $24 million. Although they had pledged not to accept corporate money for the convention, in the end they took $5 million from businesses.

Republicans drummed up more than twice as much for their get-together. FEC filings show the GOP raised almost $55.9 million the convention in Tampa, much of it from businesses.

At Muckety, we’re most interested in individual giving. So, beyond the expected support from unions, corporations, contractors and bundlers, we have mapped convention giving by influential people and their foundations and/or privately held companies.

The map above shows selected donors to the Democratic convention in Charlotte. Among them: TV talk show host Chelsea Handler, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, and Brown-Forman Chairman Geo. Garvin Brown IV.

The map below shows billionaires who helped fund the Republican convention - directly, or through their foundations or companies. They include Sheldon Adelson, who gave $5 million, and David H. Koch and Paul Singer, who each gave $1 million.

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