Report: The GOP May Not be Able to Afford a Convention in Jacksonville
Donald Trump is really eager to get to the 2020 Republican National Convention and bask in the glow of his supporters. That plan, however, is having trouble coming to fruition. After North Carolina governor Roy Cooper told the President the event couldn’t go on without restrictions, he moved the convention from Charlotte to Jacksonville, Florida.
Florida, though, has recently become one of the epicenters of the COVID-19 epidemic. And millions of dollars have already been put towards the Charlotte event. According to a new report from the New York Times, the Republican party is having difficulty raising the funds necessary for the event.
Annie Karni, Rebecca R. Ruiz and Tim Vogel write:
“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 order to hold the event in Jacksonville, the fundraising effort would essentially need to start over.
And Charlotte donors are furious that they will not see a return on their investment. Charlotte City Council member, Tariq Bokhari (R) told the Times, “There’s deep frustration. There are people who’ve put hundreds of thousands if not millions into this. They care that their investment comes to fruition, that our city hosts a major convention and our businesses and hospitality workers get the benefits.”
The Convention is currently scheduled to be held August 24th through August 27th.