Sanders and Clinton delegates struggling to afford attending the DNC

Sanders and Clinton delegates struggling to afford attending the DNC
Ike-Nixon ticket at the 1956 GOP convention: the old consensus takes a bow. (Image via YouTube video/Ben Valdez)

Delegates saddled with thousands of dollars in expenses – from pricey hotels to time off work – to attend the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia have now turned to crowdfunding sites to help pay their way.

The estimated per-person cost for the four-day convention between 25-28 July ranges from $3,000 to $8,000, according to delegates pledged to the Democratic Party’s two remaining candidates.

Andrew Niquette, a Bernie Sanders delegate from Georgia and 19-year-old chef, said he received a price estimate from the state Democratic Party of around $8,000, including hotel prices of $1,000 a night.

“When we ran for delegate positions we knew it was going to be a little pricey, but none of us knew how expensive it is,” said Niquette, who has set a fundraising goal of $3,600 on GoFundMe, a crowdfunding site. “I am trying to self-fund the rest of the money I need by working 70 hour weeks.”

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