Experts: money is hurdle to landing GOP convention

CINCINNATI (AP) — Officials in Cincinnati say their bid for the 2016 Republican National Convention hinges on fixing up their arena and raising the $55 million in private money required.

A site visit by Republican officials is scheduled for later this month for Cincinnati, which must spruce up U.S. Bank Arena and figure out how a host committee can raise the millions in private money.

The others in the running — Cleveland, Dallas, Las Vegas, Kansas City and Denver — are all bigger cities that have made past pitches or even hosted political conventions.

Convention experts, local leaders and political insiders tell The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1iLsCoc ) that raising the money is the biggest hurdle. All of it goes to the RNC for event costs — lighting, security, transportation and catering.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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