With $5 million from Sheldon Adelson, Tampa Bay Host Committee exceeds $55 million fundraising goal for RNC
A $5 million donation from Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and another $4.6 million from St. Petersburg businessman Bill Edwards and his companies propelled the Tampa Bay Host Committee over its $55 million fundraising goal for the Republican National Convention.
In all, the nonprofit, nonpartisan host committee took in nearly $55.9 million to support the Aug. 27-30 convention held in Tampa, according to a finance report filed Wednesday night with the Federal Election Commission.
Through Oct. 2, the period that the report covered, the host committee had spent $52.4 million to put on the convention, leaving it with less than $215,000 in unpaid bills and $3.4 million in cash on hand.
As is typical for national political conventions, big donors — executives, corporations and private foundations — contributed huge chunks of the funding. In all, the host committee had at least 18 donors who each gave $1 million or more either in cash or in-kind contributions. Full report here.