Pa. auditor to review $10 million grant for Democratic National Convention

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Thursday, May 18, 2017
The stage stands ready for the start of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, Friday, July 22, 2016 in Philadelphia.
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PHILADELPHIA -- Pennsylvania's auditor general says a review of a $10 million state grant for last summer's Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia could be complete by the end of July.

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, a Democrat, said Thursday he hopes to determine if state funds paid for nearly $1 million in bonuses for staff members.

The largest bonus was $310,000, given to host committee executive director Kevin Washo.

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Former President Bill Clinton hugs his wife Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
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DePasquale says there's a grant close-out document that indicates the committee spent the entire $10 million. His auditors will be looking for receipts to verify that.

The committee raised about $86 million in public and private money. It had a $4 million balance that funded the bonuses.

It's directing its own auditor who looked into the state grant spending to cooperate with DePasquale's review.


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