KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Backers of Kansas City's bid to land the 2016 Republican National Convention can now show their support by writing a check, and attending the first official fundraiser hosted by the city's bid committee, announced today in an invitation obtained by 41 Action News.
An invitation to the cocktail reception and "special presentation" at the Carriage Club on Feb. 19 shows ticket prices starting at $1,000 per couple, and capped at $10,000 for a corporate co-chair sponsorship. The invitation lists finance co-chairs Peggy and Terry Dunn as event hosts.
Kansas City's bid committee has until Feb. 26 to submit a completed proposal to the Republican Party. RNC officials tell 41 Action News that a bidding city's ability to raise the $50 to $60 million necessary to stage the convention will be among the most important considerations in the selection of a host city.
Kansas City's committee hopes to have at least $10 million committed or in the bank when they submit their proposal, sources familiar with the bid planning said.
The invitation also expands the list of known endorsers of Kansas City's bid across the party aisle. For the first time, prominent Democrats, including Senator Clare McCaskill, Governor Jay Nixon and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver are listed among the honorary committee members.
The invitation also lists more than 50 members of a finance committee said to be still in formation. On the list, some of Kansas City's biggest philanthropic names, including Kemper and Kauffman. Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker, former Chiefs defensive tackle Bill Maas and Cerner co-founder Cliff Illig are among the other instantly recognizable names listed.