The Democratic National Convention coming to Charlotte just got hit with a black flag, they are not going to be doing any politicking at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Charlotte in 2012 Convention Host Committee, charged with organizing and fundraising for the Democratic National Convention, has a deficit of around $27 million dollars, and renting out the Charlotte Motor Speedway isn’t cheap. This has caused a move from the Speedway to downtown Charlotte for CarolinaFest opening day events. All of this was after Steve Karrigan, CEO of the convention committee, shortened the original event from four days to three. Maybe liberals will now know the harms of not being able to pay debts to our debtors. The Committees proposed goal was $36.6 million. They have failed to raise over $10 million at the current time.
This shortfall could be for a number of reasons:
- Ban on direct contributions from corporations (although corporations can still provide unlimited in-kind contributions)
- Mitt Romney polling above President Obama in North Carolina
- Gov Perdue being the least popular governor in the United States
- Unions reluctant to contribute because North Carolina is a right to work state
- Republican Gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory holding a big lead over Democratic candidate Walter Dalton
Whatever the reason may be, the lack of fundraising is a telling sign for the Democratic party, both in North Carolina and nationally. It will be interesting to watch and see if anymore hick ups with the DNC rear their ugly heads before September rolls around.