The final stretch to the Presidential election kicks off this week in Cleveland with the Republican National Convention (RNC). Over 2,000 delegates are joined by countless members of the media and other political activists for four days to officially nominate a candidate and approve of the Republican Party’s platform.
Putting on a national convention for both of the major parties is a massive undertaking for the city and the party itself. The Republican Party estimated that it would need to raise $64 million to cover the costs of the most important event of the election cycle.
While many individuals make personal contributions to fund the RNC, corporations also support the event through financial donations and by supplying many of the services that will be needed to conduct business and provide information to the rest of the country watching from home.
2ndVote has compiled several lists detailing the corporate support at the convention this year.
Official Providers of the 2016 RNC:
Cleveland 2016 Host Committee:
In addition to the convention itself, several corporations and organizations, many of them based in the Cleveland area, helped sponsor a welcome party for delegates the night before the convention opened.
“Rock the Night in CLE Welcome Party” Sponsors:
City of Cleveland
Fifth Third Bank
Ernst & Young LLP
Kohrman Jackson & Krantz LLP
Caterpillar (Ohio CAT)
2ndVote will also be taking a look at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) to see which corporations are involved; several have a history of supporting the conventions of both parties.
However, some companies made apparent political decisions to withdraw pledges of support or drastically reduce their contributions to the RNC in 2016. For instance, Apple decided to completely eliminate its cash contribution and in-kind donations of technology to the convention this year. Other tech companies like Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft decreased the amount donated compared to years past. Coca-Cola, who donated $660,000 in 2012, only donated $75,000 in 2016.