Under the Dome

Convention puts Charlotte at the top of the 2012 fundraising city list

If you needed further proof that the Democratic National Convention was a nonstop party, here it is. The 362 political fundraisers held in Charlotte during those four days drove the city to the No. 2 spot on the Sunlight Foundation's annual ranking of political fundraising cities.

The Tuesday and Wednesday of convention week turned out to be the busiest fundraising days of the entire year, according to the foundation, with 249 political parties between them.

Washington D.C., naturally, again hosted the most fundraisers, with 1,128. Tampa, home to this year's Republican National Convention, came in third at 209.

The DNC-related parties accounted for 85 percent of the total number of political fundraisers in Charlotte during the entire year. The city's overall total this year was 423.

The rest of the top 10:

New York City: 69

San Francisco: 36

Chicago: 25

Los Angeles: 25

Boston: 23

St. Petersburg, Fla.: 21

Denver: 16

--Andrew Dunn, Observer staff writer

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