Buckhorn heads to Washington to lobby for convention security funds
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is in Washington D.C. Monday and Tuesday, partly to make a pitch for federal funds for security during the 2012 Republican National Convention.
Buckhorn is scheduled to meet with members of Congress and Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus, among others, to discuss convention planning.
Previous conventions have received up to $50 million in federal funds to pay for the law enforcement presence and other security measures such events require. Based on needs that organizers in Tampa have calculated, local officials are hoping for a federal appropriation in the same neighborhood, said Santiago Corrada, Buckhorn’s chief of staff.
Organizers have estimated that the event, scheduled for the week of Aug. 27, 2012, could draw more than 10,000 protesters. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has designated the convention as one of only four “national special security events” to be held in 2012. The others include potential summits of the G-8 and G-20 groups of nations and meetings of the World Bank or International Monetary Fund.