A group of protesters demanding transparency withthe Democratic National Convention’s financial records, specifically its refusal to release a list of convention donors, was arrested Wednesday outside the DNC’s Center City headquarters.
Six people with Reclaim Philadelphia, a group mostly comprised of former Bernie Sanders campaign volunteers, had marched to the headquarters on the 1900 block of Market Street from City Hall, Politico reported.
— Reclaim Philadelphia (@reclaimphila) July 20, 2016
The group staged a sit-in, which lasted about an hour, before they weretaken to the Ninth District and issued citationsfor disorderly conduct and failure to disperse, Reclaim Philadelphia spokesman Alex Nagle told thePhiladelphia Inquirer.
The DNC’shost committee, headed by former Gov. Ed Rendell, has been tasked with raising $60 million.
Anna Adams-Sarthou, communications director for the committee, told theInkylast week that $69.5million had been raised in cash, commitments, equipment and donations.Another$3 million must be raised to cover additional committee costs.
But the host committee has been insistent in keeping its donors list a secret,even going to court last weekto stop the release of any fundraising records until after the convention wraps up.
Of Wednesday’s protest, Adams-Sarthou told theInquirer“these actions are perpetuating a negative narrative that does not exist.
“The fact is the Host Committee’s fundraising has been on track and, moreover, successful, with no city dollars spent to cover any of our obligations. From day one, the Host Committee has made the best interests of Philadelphia a priority, including helping the city shine for the Convention, and it’s unfortunate there are those who purport otherwise.”