- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Democratic officials visiting Philadelphia to evaluate the city as a possible site for the party’s 2016 convention wrapped up their tour of the city with stops at the Comcast Center and National Constitution Center on Thursday.

Democratic National Committee CEO Amy Dacey said Wednesday when the DNC’s site committee arrived that it would be focusing on financial, logistical and security issues associated with putting on the event. Throughout the two-day trip, officials have addressed the city’s ability to raise the money necessary to put on the convention if it were chosen to host it.

Mayor Michael Nutter addressed financial issues at a news conference outside the Comcast Center on Thursday and said that the nonprofit driving the city’s push to hold the convention is aiming to raise more than $80 million. He said he’s confident the nonprofit can raise the money.

Officials have estimated that the cost to put on the convention could be more than $50 million.

Though Nutter and former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said the city would not be contributing cash into fundraising for the convention, City Council President Darrell Clarke said there would be some logistical costs the city would have to pick up if the city were chosen to host the convention.

Over the two-day period, DNC representatives visited a famed cheesesteak shop, toured landmarks and held a rally at the National Constitution Center. They also toured the Wells Fargo Center, the south Philadelphia arena where the convention would be held if the city wins the bid. The city’s convention center would also be used for other convention-related events.

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