According to a letter obtained by POLITICO, the organizers of the Republican National Convention are begging Las Vegas billionaire Sheldon Adelson for $6 million to help them out of a financial hole.
The letter was signed by members of the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee and revealed that more than two-dozen corporations and individuals have backed out of $8.1 million in pledged donations, Gawker reports. The withdrawals, mostly due to Donald Trump being the presumptive GOP nominee, have left the RNC $6 million short of the $64 million it needs to cover the convention’s costs.
“Over the past couple months, negative publicity around our potential nominee resulted in a considerable number of pledges backing out from their commitments,” the letter, dated July 12, reads.
“We would greatly appreciate if you would consider a $6,000,000 contribution to the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee to help us cross the finish line.”
It goes on to list the companies and wealthy individuals who have withdrawn their financial commitments. Among those who have canceled their donations, according to the letter, are David Koch ($1 million), FedEx ($500,000), Visa ($100,000), Pepsi ($500,000) and Coca-Cola ($1 million).
Other corporations listed in the letter as having withdrawn earlier commitments include Apple ($250,000), as previously reported by POLITICO, as well as BP ($50,000) and United Health ($500,000).
GOP officials have long denied that Trump was hampering their ability to raise fund for the convention, which is set to be help July 18-21 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.