Mega Donors

Why You Won't Know for Months (If Ever) Who Bankrolled Conventions
New rules allow for exclusive funding from private donors, with almost no oversight

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions gets a preview of the stage before the opening of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Monday. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

Both Republicans and Democrats have spent a lot of time this year campaigning against big money in politics.  

But thanks to a two-year-old change in federal rules, both parties are expected for the first time in decades to rely almost exclusively on donations from billionaires, corporate lobbyists and super PACs to pay for their nominating conventions — starting with the big party the GOP will kick off in Cleveland Monday afternoon — according to a report published in Time magazine.