KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Site selection officials for the 2016 Republican National Convention were impressed with Kansas City's ability to raise nearly $20 million in cash commitments, but documents show a lack of luxury suites at the Sprint Center for high-dollar donors played a big role in the decision to go elsewhere.
Kansas City pledged up to $7 million to add a dozen suites to the downtown venue and provide millions of dollars in other incentives, but Republicans chose Cleveland to host their convention.
The Kansas City Star examined more than 5,000 pages of convention-related documents providing details of the effort to bring the GOP convention to the city. Among its findings were that taxpayers put up more than $250,000 for the recruitment effort, while Kansas pledged $3.3 million toward the event.