As blogger and New York Times Bestselling author Glenn Greenwald
points out, the national party is making little effort to conceal which
companies are financing the convention, instead placing their logos
unabashedly on the bag that every delegate and member of the media will
receive when they arrive at the conventions [Salon.com, July 20, 2008].
go well beyond prominent advertising on welcome bags. A quick look at
the sponsorship packets that the host committees give to possible
sponsors betrays the true purpose of corporate sponsorship – a
guarantee that big-money contributors will have special access to
elected officials attending the conventions. The fact that corporate
donors have been so reluctant to disclose the exact amount of their contributions further suggests that their interest in sponsorship is far from benevolent.
promises donors who give more than $500,000, "Platinum" and
"Presidential" sponsors, access to premier Denver venues for corporate
hospitality events and receptions. The Campaign Finance Institute
(CFI) has reported that the original Minneapolis St. Paul host
committee packet offered top sponsors a golfing outing with Republican
leadership, in addition to a reception with local party officials and
US Senator Norm Coleman.
Though these perks were removed from the packet following a number of critical articles
in local and national media, the fact remains that the primary benefit
that host committees offer to corporate sponsors is exclusive access to
decision makers. To ensure that ordinary voters have a voice at the
conventions, Congress must act to close the conventions soft-money