Friday, June 20, 2008

Democratic National Convention Committee leadership

Looks like the convention committee is having a hard time raising cash and a top official resigned. Not too good when the convention is less than 70 days away! They are probably doing a great job and it will be a incredible convention. I can't imagine raising millions!

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Summary below:

Denver's host of Convention concerns

Sondra Williams, the director for the 12,000 volunteers who will be assisting Democratic leaders and delegates and others during the convention, resigned after 13 months with the host committee.

She left at the end of a training day for volunteer captains and directors held June 7.
"I was not empowered to do my job," said Williams, on loan to the host committee from the National Education Association. "And therefore I felt I just couldn't continue."
She wouldn't elaborate, saying she does not want to malign the host committee, but she said the group was tense over its cash-flow problems. The committee, charged with raising $40.6 million for the convention, missed its final deadline Monday by more than $11 million.
"We all had our disappointments around it, and there was a lot of stress on the fundraising people," Williams said.

A volunteer-appreciation party that Williams hoped to hold at the Denver Zoo would have cost $750,000 and wasn't approved, she said, because of the committee's "higher priorities" of funding the transformation of the Pepsi Center into a convention hall.
Her proposal was rejected after the committee missed its March deadline of $28 million by $5 million, Williams said.

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