Congress has set aside $136.5 million to pay for such items as booze, balloons and security at the Dem and GOP conventions this year. This comes from the same congress that was outraged over $823,000 being spent on a 2010 conference at a Las Vegas-area resort that a GSA admin was pushed to resign.
The figure includes $100 million Congress provided to pay for security at the conventions, plus $18 million for each party to pay for balloons, signs, alcohol, flags, lanyards and other expenses through a program designed to reduce the influence of campaign contributions. Senator Tom Coburn, pointing to lawmakers’ promises to cut the $1.2 trillion budget deficit, said the parties should forgo the taxpayer funds.
I always liked Coburn. Too bad there aren’t more like him, because both parties are going ahead with the plans.