Federal Politics

Published — July 12, 2004 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

A study in excess

Los Angeles rolled out red carpet for winning bid in 2000

Introduction

Despite the lengths Boston officials went to convince Democrats that their city was the place for the 2004 convention, Los Angeles officials were more extravagant in making their successful pitch in 1998 to host the 2000 Democratic convention. Los Angeles organizers had 80 people working on its bid – mostly run by the Los Angeles Convention & Visitors Bureau – at a price tag of nearly $800,000, according to Los Angeles Magazine.

By way of comparison, The Rocky Mountain News reported that Denver business leaders coughed up $100,000 for 60 Democrats visit to their city that same year.

Among the events and goodies the 1998 Democratic site selection committee was treated to in the City of Angels, according to Los Angeles Magazine, were:

  • A red carpet welcome for the committee in front of the Los Angeles Convention Center where then-Mayor Richard Riordan was waiting. Inside, as trumpeters played on, a stuntwoman dressed in angel attire was lowered on a cable from the ceiling, where she landed en Pointe and danced over to the site selection committee chairman Joe Andrew to hand him a CD-ROM of the city’s bid.
  • An evening at the Conga Room where Democrats were met by gowned waitresses, handed hand-rolled cigars and greeted by “NYPD Blue” actor Jimmy Smits.

Helicopter flights over the city that brought committee members to a Universal Studios soundstage decorated as a 1930s nightclub.

  • An exclusive performance by the cast of Stomp.
  • A cocktail reception at the Getty Museum, while being serenaded by flute as the sun set over the Santa Monica mountains.
  • Dinner at Riordan’s home with food cooked by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck including asparagus salad with yellow and pink baby beets, vegetable ravioli, roasted chicken with mushrooms and crepe purses filled with chocolate and vanilla bean ice cream. Hollywood mogul David Geffen was in attendance.

Committee members took home personalized Los Angeles Kings’ jerseys, Getty Museum books, Universal Studios T-shirts, hand-tooled/leather bound folders with a photo of John F. Kennedy after winning the presidential nomination in Los Angeles in 1960, accompanied by an excerpt of his speech on handmade paper, and videotapes of their trip which were later delivered to the committee members in their home cities.

Kelly Martin, who served as then-Mayor Richard Riordan’s chief of staff at the time, said of Los Angeles’ site selection efforts in 1998, “There was a great ambition of wooing and [having] parties. That’s what seems to go on, for better or for worse, that’s what goes on.”

Denver, which also sought the 2000 Democratic convention, treated site selection committee members to fireworks at the Red Rocks outdoor amphitheater, breakfast at the Denver Public Library’s scenic balcony overlooking the state Capitol dome, a hike in Boulder’s Chautauqua Park, salsa dancing at the Sevilla restaurant, and meals boasting deep-fried rocky mountain oysters and buffalo steaks. Gifts given to the committee members included backpacks filled with fleece jackets, Beanie Babies, Pepsi Center hard hats (the Center was under construction at the time), souvenir necklaces and cufflinks, Vail ski parkas and stuffed buffaloes. Earlier that year, Denver officials went to Washington to host a reception during a DNC meeting, at the same hotel and time as the Boston reception. At that event, Denver organizers offered hundreds of Democrats autographed footballs from the Super Bowl winning Denver Broncos, Mexican food and straw cowboy hats.

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Trump needs to conduct these activities because the entire MSM media, excluding Fox, is campaigning against him 24/7/365.

Didn’t Monica’s boyfriend’s wife and various criminal enterprises outspend Trump by almost 2-1?

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Why wouldn’t he get an early start on fund raising? Hillary outspent him two-to-one in 2016. The Dem’s are the party of big money. The President knows this and is attempting to get a jump on it. Of course the Dem candidate will outspend him in 2020 so it’s only rational that he starts fund raising now.

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Oh brother. We just 8 years of the Campaigner – in – Chief. Where was this journalistic rectal thermometer then. Just another article about 2000 words too long that merely takes another slap at Trump for something he far from initiated.

j stevenson
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j stevenson

The big difference between Trump and all the rest is his refusing to accept funds from lobbyists, so they don’t have the White House access they are used to. These are the donors who buy the presidency and are as pixxed off that he won the election as are the media and the Dems. Lobbyists have never been shut out of the WH and Trump has told them he is not for sale.

jan v
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jan v

all the lobbyists are running all our government agencies and all the career civil servants who know how to run the country have been fired. YOU think this is a good thing ? what a crock…

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Trump needs to be impeached and tossed in prison. Then have the key thrown away so he will never be free. Then he can see how it feels not to have freedom.

Mark Sullivan
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Mark Sullivan

Thank you for the usual insightful leftist low IQ Snowflake response.

barney
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hes not imprisoning them hes sending them back to their country chill tf out

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

WHY DONT YOU HAVE FREEDOM?

Tom Larkin
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Tom Larkin

First, something positive. I was happy to learn of empirical information in article. BUT, the article was so slanted against President Trump as to be deemed fake news (“Perhaps Trump just lied.” (Two different issues)). The article mentions that President Trump raised over $67 million, but ended 2018 with $19 million. President Trump spent over $40 million 2016 and 2017. President Trump conducted 57 political rallies. The article notes the hats and T-shirts sold, but NEVER MENTIONS THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS during a mid-term election that lost the House and the number of political rallies in… Read more »

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Ted Sirois

At least Trump is getting donations from willing donors. Fresh from his first election, Obama used billions of our children’s tax dollars to save thousands of union jobs in the car industry and bailed out the banks and many Wall Street businesses. This secured his source of reelection funds for his reelection four years later.

South Jersey
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South Jersey

TRUMP 2020; IS AN AMAZINGLY SMART MAN! VERY ORIGINAL & CREATIVE. I AM HAPPY TO HAVE HIS AS POTUS.

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

THIS ARTICLE WAS OBVIOUSLY WRITTEN BY, A TRUMP-HATE-GROUP. THAT FEELS; IT IS NOT NORMAL TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH YOUR OWN BRAND NAME. WHEN, IF FACT, IT IS NORMAL! >>>>> THIS IS >>> FAKE NEWS!!! <<<< ie: A PACK-OF-LIES; SPUN INTO; DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER. FOR A SINISTER-AGENDA OF; FASCIST DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST, COUP D'ETAT

David
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Are you on some kind of drugs? Writing in caps makes me think that you are grumpy old fart or a uneducated hillbilly.