Governments pledge $260K to draw GOP convention

The Stage at the Republican National Convention. (KSN File Photo)
The Stage at the Republican National Convention. (KSN File Photo)

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) – Four governments in the bistate Kansas City metro area have pledged $260,000 for a campaign to bring the 2016 Republican National Convention to Kansas City, Mo.

Donations of $65,000 apiece were announced Thursday by Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Sly James; Jackson County, Mo., Executive Mike Sanders; Mark Holland, mayor and CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan.; and Ed Eilert, chairman of the Johnson County, Kan., Board of Commissioners.

The Republican National Committee last week narrowed the field of cities competing for its presidential nominating convention to six, including Kansas City, Mo.

Thursday’s announcement took place in Kansas City, Kan., at Sporting Park, home of Major League Soccer club Sporting Kansas City. Holland said the site was chosen to solidify the bistate effort to land the convention. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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