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Progress: Congress Eliminates Public Funding For Political Conventions

GOP Convention

In a rare sign of fiscal sanity, both Republicans and Democrats in Congress have agreed to end one of the most unnecessary and uncalled for line items in the Federal Budget:

Congress on Tuesday agreed to cancel its giveaway of taxpayer money to its own political conventions every four years, as the Senate cleared a bill to cut off funds.

Senators approved the bill by unanimous consent early Tuesday, sending it straight to President Obama for his signature.

“This is the type of bipartisan legislation that should move easily through the Senate,” Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said as he pushed the bill through.

In 2012, the two parties took $36 million in taxpayer money to stage their conventions.

Ending public funding of conventions has been a GOP cause for several years. The latest version of the their bill says the money that would have gone to political conventions should be redirected to the National Institutes of Health for grants to pediatric research.

It’s a small amount of money, but there was never any good reason for taxpayer dolllars to be going toward the multi-day bacchanalia fest that modern political conventions have become. Now, let’s start going after some more corporate welfare.

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Doug holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May, 2010 and also writes at Below The Beltway. Follow Doug on Twitter | Facebook

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  1. John Peabody says:

    Huzzah! But why re-direct the money? I don’t know there was spare cash.

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  2. ernieyeball says:

    …but there was never any good reason for taxpayer dolllars to be going toward the multi-day bacchanalia fest that modern political conventions have become.

    Here is a list of US Federal Gov’t Funding Programs. There are so many I don’t have time to count them all and I’m retired.
    http://funding-programs.idilogic.aidpage.com
    The only one I care about is:
    http://alzheimer-s-disease-demonstration-grants-to-states.idilogic.aidpage.com/alzheimer-s-disease-demonstration-grants-to-states/
    Screw the rest of ya…
    ——–
    Oh wait. I’m sure I could teach folks to shoot straight for at least half of the $8,000,000 in the budget. Bring it on.
    http://hunter-education-and-safety-program.idilogic.aidpage.com/hunter-education-and-safety-program/

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  3. C. Clavin says:

    @ernieyeball:

    Oh wait. I’m sure I could teach folks to shoot straight for at least half of the $8,000,000 in the budget. Bring it on.

    Apparently the $8M isn’t working…at all…
    http://kxan.com/2014/03/01/man-dead-following-overnight-club-shooting/

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  4. gVOR08 says:

    Public funding is archaic, and probably never made any sense. On the other hand we’re making sure the conventions are a corporate sponsored party. I’m not sure that’s the path to good government either.

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