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Report: Corporations Withholding Support For RNC

Officials with Donald Trump's presidential campaign are in Cleveland this week for a briefing on Republican National Convention plans and  to offer ideas for the July event. The campaign will have a stake in speakers and other programming during the four-day event.  Meanwhile, The New York Times reports some corporations are withholding their support for convention. Kevin Niedermier of member station WKSU in Kent reports.

The New York Times asserts that with just ten weeks left until the convention, fundraising is seven-million dollars short of the needed                     64-million. It lists previous convention sponsors Coca-Cola and Walmart among the hold-outs.  CEO of the Cleveland RNC Host Committee,                  David Gilbert, says he’s not too concerned about the impact the strife within the Republican Party is having on donors…..  
 
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“I would not say it’s had no effect on us, it is a fairly small effect. In the end, based on how much we’re raised to this point it will not materially affect our ability to reach our goal.”
 
Gilbert says many donors wait until there is assumed nominee, in this case Donald Trump, before they make their contribution. He adds that              the 56-milliion dollars raised so far is a record for political conventions.

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