Convention Public Funding

CQPolitics covers the conventions.

When it comes to paying for the Democratic and Republican national conventions, the lobbyists and corporate contributors seem to be getting all the headlines. But the American taxpayer is also footing a good chunk of the bill.As the nonprofit group Taxpayers for Common Sense reminds us, the public presidential campaign finance system will be underwriting a portion of the festivities in Colorado for the Democrats and in Minnesota for the Republicans.

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As a reward for their generosity, taxpayers might expect to be treated like well-heeled donors. But all they can really count on for their donations is two weeks of political speechifying in place of their favorite TV shows.

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