Washington Post: DNC Fundraising Is Slow-Going
WFAE has asked Democratic National Convention officials several times how fundraising is going. The convention's local host committee is supposed to raise $36.5 million. However, convention officials have repeatedly rejected our requests, even though the host committee had agreed to regularly post fundraising reports online. The Washington Post, citing anonymous sources, reports that fundraising is going poorly. The local host committee has only raised about $20 million, the Post reports. The Post also reports that "several people with close working knowledge of convention planning" say Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers, the convention committee's co-chairman, is part of the problem. Rogers heads up the convention's fundraising, but he has critics who say he's falling short. "There's been a frustration that [Rogers] likes the publicity but that he's not been as good at actually doing the work," one anonymous source said. Rogers' critics believe he's been consumed with Duke Energy's merger with Progress Energy. The controversy that's erupted over Rogers leading the combined company is now "adding to the convention's money concerns," according to the Post. But the convention does have a $10 million line of credit, courtesy of Duke Energy and made possible by Rogers. Meanwhile, the Charlotte Observer reports that Mayor Anthony Foxx says that fundraising is "right on track," though he declined to be specific.