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Fitzpatrick, House End Taxpayer Funding for Political Conventions

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08) applauded the passage of H.R. 5912 by the House this evening, legislation he helped to introduce which prohibits the use of taxpayer dollars for political party conventions.

"I am pleased to see the House pass this important legislation, which I helped introduce earlier this year," said Fitzpatrick. "There are many private sources of funding for these week-long events, and the taxpayer should not be on the hook for the conventions. There is still much to be done as we work towards a balanced budget, but this bill sends an important message to both parties and to the American people that this Congress is serious about protecting taxpayers' hard-earned dollars."

"I urge the Senate to quickly pass this measure and send it to the President's desk for his signature," concluded Fitzpatrick.

According to the non-partisan Congressional Research Service, in 2008 for its covnention, the Republican National Committee spent:
* $437,000 on airfare
* $52,000 on badges
* $24,000 for flags
* $885,000 for lodging
* More than $2.3 million on payroll costs

Respectively, the Democratic National Committee spent:
* $1.1 million on catering and beverages
* $110,000 for computer purchases
* $18,000 for gifts and "trinkets"
* $140,560 for a podium
* $39,000 for a teleprompter

Congressman Fitzpatrick wrote to the heads of each of the major parties in June 2012 informing them of his intention to help introduce this legislation and asking them to return any unspent funds from this campaign cycle to be used for deficit reduction. A copy of this letter is attached.

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