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Saturday, July 04, 2020

The abrupt uprooting of the Republican National Convention from Charlotte to Jacksonville has created a tangled financial predicament for party officials as they effectively try to pay for two big events instead of one. Tens of millions of dollars have already been spent in a city that will now host little more than a G.O.P. business meeting, and donors are wary of opening their wallets again to bankroll a Jacksonville gathering thrown into uncertainty by a surge in coronavirus cases.



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Organizers are trying to assuage vexed Republicans who collectively gave millions of dollars for a Charlotte event that has mostly been scrapped. The host committee there has spent virtually all of the $38 million it raised before the convention was moved, leaving almost nothing to return to donors, or to pass on to the new host city.

In Jacksonville, fund-raisers are describing the process as the most difficult they have ever confronted: Florida has been setting daily records for new virus cases, freezing money as donors wait and worry about the safety risks of the pandemic.

The sudden acrimonious split with Charlotte - and the scramble in Jacksonville to organize in weeks an event that typically takes years - has produced mounting confusion about what the convention will look like and who will pay to help stage it.

Everything Trump touches dies. - Rick Wilson

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-07-04 10:24 AM | Reply

#1 | POSTED BY TONYROMA AT 2020-07-04 10:24 AM | FLAG: Actually it was the NC governor that created the situation, which obviously you are unaware.

#2 | Posted by MSgt at 2020-07-04 01:54 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

They knew the risks when they signed up.

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-07-04 02:39 PM | Reply

Actually it was the NC governor that created the situation, which obviously you are unaware.

#2 | Posted by MSgt

By informing Trump and the RNC that North Carolina intended to follow the CDC guidelines as they apply to large gatherings.


#4 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-07-04 07:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Actually it was the NC governor that created the situation, which obviously you are unaware.

Why is it ignoramuses always accuse others of not knowing things that they don't actually understand themselves?

"As much as we want the conditions surrounding COVID-19 to be favorable enough for you to hold the Convention you describe in late August, it is very unlikely," Cooper said in a letter. "Neither public health officials nor I will risk the health and safety of North Carolinians by providing the guarantee you seek."

After Trump's announcement, Cooper said, "We have been committed to a safe RNC convention in North Carolina and it's unfortunate they never agreed to scale down and make changes to keep people safe. Protecting public health and safety during this pandemic is a priority."

In previous correspondences, Cooper and other state officials have asked RNC officials to present a detailed convention operation plan that uses social distancing to receive permission to carry out the event as they wish.

But the RNC has skirted the issue of releasing a social distancing plan in its discussions with North Carolina.

Mr. Trump is insisting on abandoning Charlotte because the governor wants attendees to follow guidelines set by the C.D.C. - which reports to Mr. Trump.

The "situation" was expecting this President to follow his own government's recommendations on keeping Americans safe. So the unaware person is you who thinks that a President bent on ignoring his own rules isn't the one who created the "situation" of moving his convention to another town who's already dictated that masks have to be worn in public in their city too, which includes the RNC.

#5 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-07-04 08:04 PM | Reply

The city government in Jacksonville had better lawyer up now and ask for cash in advance when those RNC and Trump Campaign folk are in town. The hotel operators already know to get advance payment for political events. Want traffic control, special parking or lights and air conditioning in the convention hall? Better be ready to pay in advance...

#6 | Posted by catdog at 2020-07-04 10:06 PM | Reply

The Trump campaign, and to a lesser extent, the RNC, has left unpaid bills all over the country since Trump decided to run for the presidency in 2015.

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#7 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-07-04 10:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Trump wanted guarantees of a fully open convention two months in advance when information is literally changing on a daily basis.

Cooper is looking pretty correct right now as we run into 50k cases a day. So yeah blame Cooper for NC losing 50k potential carriers attending a super spreading event in one One of the densest populated areas of the state. Economically it's a hit but not nearly as bad a one as the potential surge it would cause would be.

#8 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2020-07-04 10:35 PM | Reply

Couldn't happen to better people.

#9 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2020-07-04 11:26 PM | Reply

Actually it was the NC governor that created the situation


Donald Trump is surely the most victimized man in the world.

#10 | Posted by Zed at 2020-07-05 08:43 AM | Reply

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