U.S. Senators Tom Coburn and Mark Udall Introduce a Bill to Stop Federal Funds for National Presidential Conventions

On June 4, U.S. Senators Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) and Mark Udall (D-Colorado) introduced a bill to delete any public funds for presidential convention expenses. The bill, if enacted, would not take effect until next year. Each party that polled at least 25% of the vote in the last presidential election is entitled to approximately $17,000,000 to help pay for its national presidential conventions. Parties that got 5% but under 25% get a lesser amount.

The bill would not have any effect on money spent by government to provide security for the conventions, which now requires an expenditure of approximately $100,000,000. Here is the text of the bill.


  1. Baronscarpia · · Reply

    What political courage! One convention costs us less than half the cost of a recall election for governor in this post United v. FEC world. Chump change.

  2. Demo Rep · · Reply

    What part of the nearly dead 1787 U.S.A. Const. permits ANY Fed spending on robot party hack conventions – national, state or local ???

    i.e. one more EVIL perversion of the nearly dead Const.

  3. $17,000,000 for each party that got 5% last time?

    If I recall correctly, the Reform Party only got $2.6 million for its 2000 nominating convention, after Perot got 9% in 1996.

  4. Richard Winger · · Reply

    #3, you’re right. I amended the post.

  5. It will be interesting on how many Senators sign on as sponsors, in a bill that I think will go nowhere given the two party system and the way votes would go if this legislation made to the floor for a vote.

  6. o rly? · · Reply

    Why not make them pay their own security as well?

  7. Brad M · · Reply

    This is a step in the right direction. Too bad that it won’t go anywhere.

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