Data Points: Soft Money Funds Flooding in to Pay for Conventions

Funds from private sources are dwarfing public grants for the conventions.

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$2 million: Approximate amount in almost exclusively public funds that the Republican and Democratic parties paid for their conventions in 1976

$13.5 million: Public grant awarded to Democratic and Republican parties to pay for their nominating conventions in 2000

$36 million: Money given by private sources to pay for Democratic convention in 2000

$20 million: Money given by private sources to pay for Republican convention in 2000

$14.9 million: Public grant awarded to Democratic and Republican parties to pay for their nominating conventions in 2004

$57 million: Money given by private sources to pay for Democratic convention in 2004

$86 million: Money given by private sources to pay for Republican convention in 2004

$16.4 million: Public grant awarded to Democratic and Republican parties to pay for their nominating conventions in 2008

$112 million: Estimated amount of money expected from private sources to pay for the 2008 national conventions

Source: Public Citizen