Southeastern PA

Democratic convention host group got nearly $1M in bonuses

PHILADELPHIA - The committee that raised public and private funds to put on the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia spent nearly $1 million on bonuses given to staff members.

The bonuses to the host committee staff came from a post-convention surplus and were reported in a January 31 filing with the Federal Election Commission.

The largest convention donation came from taxpayers, a $10 million state grant.

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

Executive Director Kevin Washo was paid $13,000 a month for two years. He got the biggest bonus, $310,000.

Washo said the state grant money was kept separate from the millions raised from private donors and covered costs approved by the state.

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