Two-thirds of GOP convention money paid to companies outside state
The Tampa Bay Host Committee raised most of its money for the Republican National Convention outside of Florida, and most of the companies that got that money were based outside the state, too.
Of $52.4 million that the committee spent to support the convention, $11.5 million — or about 22 percent — was spent in the Tampa Bay area, according to the committee's financial report to the Federal Election Commission.
Another 14 percent went to companies based elsewhere in Florida, including $5.5 million to Gameday Management Group of Orlando, which ran the convention's fleet of 400 charter buses.
And the largest part, $33.7 million, or 64 percent, was paid to companies based outside the state. (full story here)