Some DNC and RNC protesters have alleged that the Democrats and Republicans are no different than Coke and Pepsi.
But there is a political difference in Coke and Pepsi.
Pepsi has given $165,000 to the Republicans, but only $45,000 to the Democrats.
Coke, however, has given $157,750 to the Demos and $149,350 to the GOP.
THE GANG'S ALL HERE -
CORPORATE DONORS TO THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION
Al Gore said in his Democratic Convention presidential acceptance speech that campaign reform will be "the very first bill that Joe Lieberman and I send to Congress."
Meanwhile, corporations are tripping over themselves to give money to Al and Joe. In many cases, the same corporations are making similar donations to George W. and Dick.
Here is a partial list of corporate contributors to the Democratic and Republican conventions according to each Convention Host Committee's estimate.
*Gave large amounts to both Democratic and Republican Conventions.
What about the Shadow Convention?
Capital Eye reports that a goal of $500,000 was to be raised to fund the pro-campaign reform Shadow Convention. Among the biggest donors were billionaire George Soros's Open Society Institute, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Carnegie Corporation and the Arca Foundation.
Source: Capital Eye, published by Center for Responsive Politics, <www.opensecrets.org>.