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Wolf: Convention surplus should have gone to taxpayers

The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — Gov. 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.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her running mate Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., stand in a sea of balloons at the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Friday, July 29, 2016. Photo/Mark J. Terrill

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 Jan. 31 Federal Election Commission filing.

The Democrat said Sunday the commonwealth supports large events that can benefit the region, but leftover funding should be returned to taxpayers.

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