No Money! Democrats Cancel Speedway Event at Charlotte Convention
Move convention to nearby business district
Democrats have canceled a political convention kick-off event at the
Charlotte Motor Speedway. "While we regret having to move CarolinaFest
away from our great partners at the Charlotte Motor Speedway and the
City of Concord, we are thrilled with the opportunity that comes with
hosting this event in Uptown Charlotte," Dan Murrey, the executive
director of the Charlotte in 2012 Convention Host Committee said.
Logistics, not costs, were behind the decision to cancel the Speedway event, Dan Murrey, the executive director of the Charlotte in 2012 Convention Host Committee says.
Coordinators are grappling with a fundraising deficit of roughly $27 million, according to certain parties who requested anonymity. With a party ban on direct contributions from corporations, the host committee has raised less than $10 million, well short of its $36.6 million goal.
Logistics, not costs, were behind the decision to cancel the Speedway event, Murrey insists.
"In order to facilitate public caucus meetings -- and to maximize accessibility, transportation, and proximity of all guests -- we have decided that moving CarolinaFest 2012 to Uptown Charlotte is the best way to achieve that goal," Murrey said in a statement. Bloomberg reported that it may call off the Speedway festival altogether.
Steve Kerrigan, chief executive officer of the convention committee, said last January that Democrats were shortening their convention from four days to three "to make room for a day to organize and celebrate the Carolinas, Virginia and the South and kick off the convention at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Labor Day," on September 3.
Kerrigan also said that Obama would accept his party's nomination at the almost 74,000-seat Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers professional football team. The finale would call to mind Obama's convention speech at Invesco Field in Denver four years ago.
Security for the Speedway festival may not have been eligible because the event isn't part of the official convention proceedings.
Republicans will also receive a $50 million grant for their four-day convention in Tampa, Florida, August 27-30.
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