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  • A delegate holds a face of President Obama on the night he accepts his party's nomination for a second term at the Democratic National Convention in the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 6, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/The Washington Times)

    DNC won't repay Duke Energy for Charlotte convention costs

    The Democratic National Committee has no plans to repay Duke Energy for an unprecedented $10 million line of credit it guaranteed to help the Democratic convention's local host committee put on President Obama's three-day nominating convention in Charlotte, N.C., last September.

  • The Democratic National Convention that renominated President Obama was helped out by a North Carolina energy firm. Watchdog groups say the $10 million loan presents conflict-of-interest issues. (Associated Press)

    Democratic convention helped by energy firm

    Five months after President Obama's made-for-media convention in Charlotte, N.C., the host committee for the three-day Democratic bash still has not paid off an unprecedented $10 million loan secured by Duke Energy, and there is no way of knowing whether it will ever be paid back.

  • President Obama will make his acceptance speech from a stage to be set up at Bank of America Stadium during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. in September. Fundraising shortfalls, labor boycotts and scheduling problems have snarled convention plans. (Associated Press)

    Democratic convention plagued

    The Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., is shaping up to be a rickety display of party unity, with labor boycotts, fundraising shortfalls, scheduling changes, official snubs, a major gay-rights embarrassment, a sex scandal and a Republican resurgence in the host state.

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