Donkeys, dollars and Democrats

The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — Former Gov. Ed Rendell and the artists who created 57 painted donkeys installed before the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia are at odds over donkey dollars.

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell talks with members of the media before the start of the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. James Robinson/ reports Caryn Kunkle, an advocate for the artists, is upset because only four of the donkeys will be auctioned off to pay the artists. Kunkle contends the agreement with the convention’s host committee, which Rendell headed, called for all of the donkeys to be auctioned off to help pay the artists, who already received $1,000 per sculpture.

Rendell says “Caryn Kunkle is off the deep end.”

The donkeys represented the 50 states, five territories, Washington, D.C. and Democrats overseas.

Rendell says all but four donkeys have been claimed by those delegations, and a contract with the artists says each donkey “will be made available” to its delegation after July 31.