Next year’s national political conventions, where Donald Trump and the winner of the Democratic primaries will be enshrined as their parties’ candidates in the 2020 presidential election, will be awash with corporate cash from donors seeking access, their marketing plans reveal.
Organizers of both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions are going after major corporate donors appealing for huge lump sums as they scramble to raise the money needed to bankroll the made-for-television events.
Fundraising materials show that both parties are hoping to lure $1m donations from corporations and wealthy individuals in exchange for access and advertising opportunities.
The big bucks sponsorship packages raise potentially sticky questions for both parties. The Republicans are effectively offering exclusive briefings with the leaders of the Trump re-election campaign in return for cash.
The Democrats may face difficult ethical issues were either Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren to win the nomination. Both have shunned big money donations in the early stages of the election and Sanders has indicated he might try to do the same for the Democratic convention were he to become his party’s nominee.
The scale of the parties’ ambitions is disclosed in marketing materials provided to the Guardian by Documented, a watchdog group that investigates how corporations manipulate public policy.
The host committee for the Republican National Convention pitches its offering in the most enticing language, having set itself a total target of $70m to pay for the bonanza. It promises that “for corporate donors, the sponsorship opportunities can be incredibly valuable”. It lists a range of inducements at the RNC which will showcase Trump’s re-election bid in Charlotte, North Carolina, between 24 and 27 August.
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