After Democratic Convention Bans Corporate Donations, Corporations Avoid GOP Convention Too

For the first time this year, the Democratic National Convention will take no contributions from PACs, lobbyists, or corporations. A new CQ analysis suggests the Democratic ban caused corporations to rethink their giving to the Tampa Republican National Convention. With public sentiment strongly against corporate political contributions and the Democrats’ ban making it impossible for cautious companies to sponsor both conventions, lobbyists says “the political costs of making a big splash in Tampa seem to outweigh the benefits.” One lobbyist close to the Romney campaign complained of the “criminalization of engagement,” lamenting that “the optics are so bad that you’re better off not going” to the conventions.