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April 10, 2014

Kansas City and counties pledge $260,000 to recruit GOP convention

Kansas City, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., Johnson County and Jackson County will each contribute $65,000. Mayor Sly James said the convention recruitment effort is a legitimate use of public funds.

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Four local governments — Kansas City, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., Johnson County and Jackson County — pledged Thursday to spend $260,000 to help bring the 2016 Republican convention to the area.

The announcement was made at Sporting Park.

Each jurisdiction will contribute $65,000. The money will help defray the costs of travel, entertainment, production and the presentation of the city’s bid.

City Manager Troy Schulte said the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association has already spent $100,000 on the bid.

Mayor Sly James said the convention recruitment effort is a legitimate use of public funds.

“This isn’t the first time taxpayer money has been used for a convention,” he said. “It’s not that big of a deal.”

James also said the bad publicity surrounding a possible serial shooter in the Kansas City area won’t hurt the city’s bid.

“There is no city in this country that is immune to this,” he said.

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