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RNC Convention Appeal to Donors: Emphasizing Beyond Trump for a Powerful Event

29 December 2023
2 min.
RNC Convention Appeal to Donors: Emphasizing Beyond Trump for a Powerful Event

Cash, Trump, and Common Ground

In a unique twist, the Republican National Committee (RNC) is breaking traditional molds by reaching out to donors, even those across party lines, to secure funding for its 2024 convention, navigating the complexities surrounding former President Donald Trump's involvement.

Reince Priebus, Chair of the Milwaukee 2024 Host Committee, stresses the need for a nuanced fundraising approach: "In a political pitch, you stress urgency, regardless of personal preferences."

Fundraising Triumphs

Priebus reveals that the host committee, operating as a nonprofit, is confidently on track to secure the necessary $70 million for the convention scheduled for July 15-18, 2024, surpassing quarterly goals without delving into specifics.

Diverse Corporate Support

Two Milwaukee-based giants, Northwestern Mutual and the Potawatomi Hotel Casino, have stepped up as early backers. Northwestern Mutual's CEO, John Schlifske, emphasizes a focus on the economic influx the convention promises, downplaying concerns about Trump's impact.

Committee Clarifications

Navigating the occasional misconception, Ted Kellner, CEO of the Republican convention host committee, elaborates on their roles. "We handle logistics hotels, transportation, credentials, and parties distinct from the convention's politics," Kellner clarifies during a recent media walk-through event in Milwaukee.

Local Endorsement and Economic Boost

Priebus underscores that more than half of the funds raised originate from the local community, emphasizing the broader economic development anticipated to exceed $200 million for Milwaukee.

Strategic Comparisons

With the Democratic National Convention set for Chicago in August 2024, Priebus sees an advantage in their close proximity, suggesting potential cross-party support. Both conventions, operating as nonprofits, share ambitious fundraising goals, aiming to boost economic prosperity in their respective locations.

Optimism Amidst Divides

As the RNC charts this unconventional course, the focus remains optimistic, highlighting economic development as the driving force. The committee's bold strategy aims not only to bridge political divides but also to contribute significantly to the economic growth of Milwaukee.

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