Gov. Wolf: Democratic convention surplus should have gone to taxpayers

Written by The Associated Press | May 15, 2017 2:05 AM

FILE PHOTO: Governor Tom Wolf. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

(Philadelphia) -- Governor Tom Wolf says the committee that raised public and private money to put on last summer's Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia should have returned surplus funds to the taxpayers rather than handing out staff bonuses and grants.

The Legislature provided $10 million for the event, and some lawmakers voiced displeasure upon finding out that the host committee gave nearly $1 million in bonuses for staff members as well as grants for Philadelphia schools and nonprofits.

The bonuses were disclosed in a January 31st Federal Election Commission filing.

The Democratic governor says the commonwealth supports large events that can benefit the region, but leftover funding should be returned to taxpayers.

Former Governor Ed Rendell, the host committee's chairman, called the bonuses a reward for low pay and long hours.

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