"After months of planning for two dozen parties to fete the 56 delegations to the Democratic National Convention — and facing financial difficulties — the city's host committee is scrapping those parties and holding one big bash.
Friends of New Orleans, a charity formed to help that city recover from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, is paying for the party, and for a concert with New Orleans-style food at the Fillmore Auditorium afterward for the 6,000 delegates and their guests on Aug. 24, the Sunday before the convention opens."
"Friends of New Orleans, Inc. is a registered 501(c)3 organization currently based in Washington, DC. Your contribution to Friends of New Orleans is tax deductible."
So tax deductible contributions that the donors thought were going to rebuild New Orleans is going to be used for a party at the Democratic Convention.
I would think that would be illegal. And if not it is totally outrageous.
Friends of New Orleans
BUMP AND UPDATE
For whatever reason, probably because they realized they had stepped on their peepee, the story has changed.
The party for the 6,000 delegates and their guests on Aug. 24 will honor Friends of New Orleans, a charity formed to help that city recover from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.The host committee originally said in a news release that Friends of New Orleans would be hosting the party. That is incorrect, according to the group, which raises funds for non-profit groups in Louisiana. The host committee is paying for the party. After the party, Friends of New Orleans is planning a gathering of its own at Fillmore Auditorium to raise awareness of the rebuilding efforts. The group plans a similar event at the Republican National Convention in Minnesota
So let me understand.
The Friends of New Orleans isn't hosting THAT party, but instead is hosting THIS party. And a similar event will held at the Repubs..... uh huh. Sure.
An why? Why in the hell is a tax payer funded charity throwing a party for anybody???
This is nonsense. Pure and simple. And things like this is why that I quit long ago giving any money to anyone except the church.