U.S. House Passes Bill to End Public Funding for National Conventions

On the evening of September 19, the U.S. House passed HB 5912 by a vote of 310-95. This is the bill to end public funding for national party conventions. The only parties that have ever received public funding to pay for their national conventions have been the Democratic and Republican Parties in years 1976 through 2012, and also the Reform Party received such funding in 2000. The FEC later determined that much of the money sent to the Reform Party for its 2000 national convention had not been spent properly. The FEC asked for repayment, but that repayment was never made, because by the time the court proceedings over repayment were over, the Reform Party had virtually no assets.

The vote in the House needed 2/3rds, and the bill did receive 2/3rds. Every Republican who voted voted “Yes”. Democrats split on the issue, with 85 Democrats voting “yes” and 95 Democrats voting “no”, and ten Democrats not voting.


  1. Gee – the 2 gangs have to get their special interest gangs to pay for the useless rigged moronic robot party hack conventions ??? Shocking.

    P.R. and nonpartisan App.V.

    NO caucuses, primaries and conventions.

  2. Casual Bystander · · Reply

    This won’t get far in the Senate. It will be DOA just like Audit the Fed.

  3. Richard Winger · · Reply

    #2, actually it already passed the Senate, but the Senate bill and the House bill are not identical, so now it goes to a conference committee.

  4. John Strawn · · Reply

    This helps to complete the privatization of the democratic process. The so-called conventions of Democrat and Republican parties can now be openly sponsored like any other corporate event or show. Keynote address sponsorship; platform brought to you by….., etc.

  5. It seems like there may be concern among legislators that a third party might qualify for convention funds.

  6. #4 Maybe the candidates can dress like car race drivers with corporate patches all over their outfits.

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