Excerpt from a Huffington Post article on parties at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and their sponsors:
The Cleveland host committee that handles the logistics and can accept unlimited funds to do so doesn’t have to report donor names until then (60 days after the convention)… The group is hosting a welcome reception for sponsors Sunday night. It’s listed as being at the home of Natalie and James Haslam, megadonor and founder of Pilot Corporation, an oil company; that could be a misprint, since James lives in Tennessee and it’s his son, Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, and his wife Dee who paid $4.1 million for a mansion on Lake Erie in 2012. (Another of James’ children is Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam).
The Haslam family has long been active in donating to Republican politics. They certainly didn’t start out as Trump supporters this cycle: James, Jimmy, Jimmy’s sister Ann and his wife Susan gave a combined $125,000 to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s super PAC, Right to Rise USA, early last year.
Since it would be a shame to let such a lovely estate go unused for the rest of the week, Jimmy Haslam’s place will be the venue for a Republican Governors Association lunch on Wednesday; we’re guessing invitees include, besides GOP governors, representatives of some of the RGA’s top donors, which this cycle include Koch Industries ($2 million); Blue Cross/Blue Shield ($1.5 million); and Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands ($1 million).