Republicans have spent virtually all the money they raised for the Charlotte convention Trump cancelled out of spite, and now they’re having trouble finding suckers to pony up for Jonestown in Jacksonville:
The abrupt uprooting of the Republican National Convention from Charlotte to Jacksonville has created a tangled financial predicament for party officials as they effectively try to pay for two big events instead of one.
Tens of millions of dollars have already been spent in a city that will now host little more than a G.O.P. business meeting, and donors are wary of opening their wallets again to bankroll a Jacksonville gathering thrown into uncertainty by a surge in coronavirus cases.
Organizers are trying to assuage vexed Republicans who collectively gave millions of dollars for a Charlotte event that has mostly been scrapped. The host committee there has spent virtually all of the $38 million it raised before the convention was moved, leaving almost nothing to return to donors, or to pass on to the new host city.
In Jacksonville, fund-raisers are describing the process as the most difficult they have ever confronted: Florida has been setting daily records for new virus cases, freezing money as donors wait and worry about the safety risks of the pandemic.
I mean, I’m trying to think of any possible reason to want to be in Jacksonville in late August if there wasn’t a raging pandemic and I’m getting nothing but a loud buzzing noise.
The rain on Trump’s wedding day is that Jacksonville currently requires facial coverings for indoor events; presumably if it’s still in place DeSantis will preempt it based on the Sacred Republican Principle of local control.