Countless hours went into preparing for the Convention in Cleveland.  Back on July 8, 2014, the Republican National Committee announced that its Site Selection Committee had voted to recommend Cleveland to host its 2016 convention; the full RNC approved the selection on Aug. 8, 2014 (+).  The RNC Committee on Arrangements started work in 2015 to prepare for the gathering of 2,472 delegates.  The Cleveland 2016 Host Committee raised contributions and organized volunteers and the City of Cleveland, under Mayor Frank G. Jackson played an integral role.   continues...

Counter RNC 2016

Resist the 2016 Cleveland RNC

Special Event Zone Activity
(list as of 7/13/2016) [PDF]

Permit Applications Drop Box

ACLU of Ohio

Ohio Chapter of the National Lawyers

Broadcastify feeds

Convention Platform Committee
Monday, July 11 - Tuesday, July 12 (+)
Location: Huntington Convention Center

Convention Rules Committee
Thursday, July 14  (+)
Location: Huntington Convention Center

RNC Summer Meeting:
Tuesday, July 12 - Thursday July 14
*General Session on Wednesday, July 13 (+)
Location: Hilton Cleveland Downtown



Convention Program Highlights
Mon., July 18
1:00 p.m. start
Tues., July 19
5:30 p.m. start
Wed., July 20
7:00 p.m. start
Thurs., July 21
7:10 p.m. start
Make America Safe Again

Make America Work Again
Make America First Again
Make America One Again
Headliners: Melania Trump, Lt. Gen. (ret.) Michael Flynn, U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Jason Beardsley and U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke (Mont.) (+). roll call
Headliners: Tiffany Trump, Kerry Woolard, Donald Trump, Jr., U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (WV), Ben Carson and Kimberlin Brown. (+)
Headliners: Lynne Patton; Eric Trump; former Speaker of the U.S. House Newt Gingrich, and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. (+)
Headliners: Peter Thiel, Tom Barrack, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump (+)
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Selected Press Releases
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Committee on Arrangements and RNC

July 17, 2016 - 2016 GOP Convention Program Announced

July 16, 2016 - 2016 GOP Convention Announces the Delegation Seating Arrangement

July 14, 2016 - 2016 Republican National Convention Speakers List Announced

July 12, 2016 - 2016 Republican National Convention announces Freedom Plaza

July 11, 2016 - State of the Art Media Space unveiled for 2016 GOP Convention

July 6, 2016 - GOP Convention Launches New Innovative Smartphone App

July 6, 2016 - RNC Announces Sergeant-at-Arms For Republican National Convention

June 22, 2016 - Republican National Convention Names Official Vendors for Freedom Marketplace

May 9, 2016 - Credit Unions, Supporting Groups Host "Volunteer Day" to Work on Horticultural Therapy Suite for UH Rainbow Babies & Childrens Hospital

Nov. 23, 2015 - 2016 Republican National Convention Logo Unveiled

Cleveland 2016 Host Committee +
July 19, 2016 - [JobsOhio]  CEOs and Leaders to Discuss Key U.S. Economic and Health Issues at RNC

July 16, 2016 - Three Dog Night to Headline Cleveland 2016 Host Committee Welcome Party at North Coast Harbor

July 15-22, 2016 - [Cuyahoga Arts & Culture]  Arts Interventions at the 2016 Republican National Convention

July 15, 2016 -
New #AskCLE Hashtag to Monitor Visitor Inquiries During the RNC

July 6, 2016 - Announces Retail Additions in the Historic Arcade in time for Convention

June 23, 2016 - Names Official Providers

June 8, 2016 - Selects ASW Global as Official Merchandise Firm

May 31, 2016 - Beautification Effort to Enhance Experience of Convention Attendees

May 19, 2016 - "A Community Thank You Party" for Northeast Ohio Residents and Volunteers

April 11, 2016 - Casting Call for Visitor Welcome Signage

City of Cleveland

July 18-22, 2016 - Media briefings from Convention Week

May 25, 2016 - Mayor Jackson Announces Official Parade, Park Use and Speakers Platform Regulations and Revised Mobile and Stationary Vendor Regulation

Events and Activities

A sampling of some of the over 300 events at the Republican National Convention


July 21, 2016 - Statement by [11 of 19] District of Columbia GOP Delegates Regarding Convention Voting Controversy

July 19, 2016 - Avast Software: Amidst Charged Cyber Security Dialogue, Republican National Convention Attendees Show Negligent Behavior

July 19, 2016 - Esri: County and Agencies Keep the Peace with Esri at the Republican National Convention

July 18, 2016 - Freedom from Religion Foundation: FFRF cites Reagan in Cleveland message to GOP

July 18, 2016 - Vidsys: City of Cleveland Leverages Vidsys for Republican National Convention Security

July 15, 2016 - U.S. Department of Homeland Security: Secretary Johnson Inspects Convention Security Operations in Cleveland

July 15, 2016 - Republican Main Street Partnership: Republican Main Street Partnership Launches Unity and Strength in Action

July 14, 2016 - Urban League of Greater Cleveland: RNC Engages 11 Local Minority Businesses

July 14, 2016 - Heart to Heart International: Heart to Heart International Deploying Mobile Medical Unit to Republican National Convention

July 13, 2016 - UHBikes: UHBikes Pre-Launch to Roll Out in Time for Republican National Convention

July 12, 2016 - Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority: RTA announces special service plan for the RNC

July 12, 2016 - Shurtech Brands, LLC: Demonstrate Your American Pride by Exercising Your Right to Vote in the Duck® Brand REAL Vote Campaign

July 12, 2016 - Delta Scientific: Delta Portable Anti-Terrorist Barriers to Protect GOP Convention

July 12, 2016 - Federal Aviation Administration: FAA Releases Flight Advisory with Temporary Flight Restriction Information for Upcoming RNC

July 11, 2016 - TourismOhio: TourismOhio to Launch Virtual Reality Experience at Republican National Convention in Cleveland

July 9, 2016 - Log Cabin Republicans: Log Cabin Republicans Announces Full Slate of Events for GOP National Convention

July 2016 - Cleveland State University: RNC Week @ CSU

June 28, 2016 - U.S. Coast Guard: Rule posted in the Federal Register

June 24, 2016 - Case Western Reserve University: Email from Case Western President Barbara R. Snyder

June 23, 2016 - Making Change at Walmart: Making Change at Walmart Demands Walmart to Withdraw Support of the 2016 Republican National Convention

June 14, 2016 - ACLU of Ohio: ACLU Sues City of Cleveland Over RNC Rules that Violate Free Speech

June 14, 2016 - Family Research Council Action: Family Research Council Action Announces Coalition to Ensure Adoption of a Conservative Republican Party Platform

May 18, 2016 - FirstEnergy Corp.: Update: FirstEnergy and The Illuminating Company Prepare for 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland

May 13, 2016 - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics opens May 20 at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

May 4, 2016 - Mace Security International, Inc.: Northeast Ohio Companies Help Law Enforcement Gear Up for the Republican National Convention

April 15, 2016 - Republican Party of Cuyahoga County/CSU Center for Excellence & Innovation: Red, Write and Blue Challenge

March 30, 2016 - ColorOfChange: Coca-Cola Responds to Pressure from Advocates to Cease Support of Republican National Convention

March 21, 2016 - ACLU of Ohio: Open letter to Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Council President Kevin Kelley on concerns regarding public safety and the deployment of security equipment [PDF]

Both Conventions

July 19, 2016 - U.S. Travel Association: Party Conventions to Create $360 Million in Direct Spending for Host Cities

July 18, 2016 - SOLiD: SOLiD Delivers In-building Cellular Coverage and Capacity at Republican and Democratic National Conventions

July 17, 2016 - Zignal Labs: Zignal Labs Command Centers to be Featured at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions

July 15, 2016 - HeadCount: Grace Potter, Dawes, Moon Taxi to Play HeadCount Convention Jams

July 14, 2016 - Amnesty International: Amnesty International to Send Delegation of Human Rights Observers to the Republican and Democratic 2016 National Conventions

July 13, 2016 - Grassroots Global Justice Alliance: Grassroots Leaders from across the US and Honduras converge on the conventions

July 12, 2016 -  Americans for the Arts Action Fund: ArtsSpeak at the 2016 Political Conventions

July 11, 2016 - Feeding America: Elected Officials Take Time Out From National Political Conventions To Learn About Hunger In America

July 8, 2016 - Uber: Donkeys, Elephants and Uber

July 1, 2016 - Billy Graham Evangelistic Association: Franklin Graham Holding Live Prayer Events for Upcoming Political Conventions

June 27, 2016 - Verizon: Verizon enhances network for Republican and Democratic convention delegates, media and visitors

April 29, 2016 - Microsoft: Microsoft’s support for the 2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions

Protests, Demonstrations and Other Events
July 18-21, 2016 - CODEPINK

July 20, 2016 - Wall Off Trump

July 18, 2016 - Coalition to Stop Trump and March on the RNC

July 18, 2016 - End Poverty Now!  March for Economic Justice

July 18, 2016 - Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

July 18, 2016 - America First Unity Rally

July 17-19, 2016 - Nuns on the Bus

July 17, 2016 - Circle the City with Love

July 15-17, 2016 - People's Justice & Peace Convention

See also: Media








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In the months leading up to the Convention and particularly in April 2016 there was intense speculation about whether the frontrunner Donald Trump would obtain the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the nomination.  There was much manoeuvering surrounding the selection of delegates in congressional district and state conventions, particularly by the Cruz campaign.  With his win in the May 3 Indiana primary Trump became the presumptive nominee and talk of a contested convention faded. 

Then there was considerable talk about the possibility of a "convention coup."  A movement percolated for several months pressing for delegates to be allowed to vote their consciences, undergirded by an argument that the delegates are in fact unbound.   In May several Illinois delegates started an effort called "Save Our Party," proposing to, "Organize separately as delegates to the 2016 Republican convention at an undisclosed location until such a time as we can not be held to a vote for any particular candidate (+)."  In June Courageous Conservatives PAC, which formed in Oct. 2015 to support Ted Cruz's candidacy, launched a petition campaign demanding that delegates be allowed to vote their conscience (1, 2).  "Free the Delegates," an effort led by Kendal Unruh and Regina Thomson, delegates from Colorado, came to the fore in mid-June (>).  "Delegates Unbound," a 501(c)(4) headed by M. Dane Waters and Eric O'Keefe, ran TV ads in late June (+).  Virginia delegate Caroll B. Correll even took the question to court; at issue were both RNC rules and Virginia statute, Section 545(D), which states in part that "delegates and alternates shall be bound to vote on the first ballot at the national convention for the candidate receiving the most votes in the primary."  The court found that the statute imposed "an unconstitutional burden on his [Correll's] First Amendment rights of free political speech and political association [PDF]."  Nonetheless, the Trump campaign hailed the ruling as a great victory (+). To get the unbinding question to the full convention required support of one-quarter of the members of the Rules Committee (28 people).  At the closely watched  Rules Committee meetiing on July 14 the effort fell short (+).  Delegates working on the unbinding effort sought to pursue the matter during the Convention's opening business session on July 18, and it looked like they had enough state delegations to at least cause a roll call vote until three state delegations reversed course under murky circumstances. 

The Platform Committee (formally known as the Committee on Resolutions) was announced in late May and finished work during its meeting of July 11-12 (+).  The Trump imprint is seen in addition of languange on points such as building a wall, a trade section emphasizing the need to negotiate better trade deals, a call for repeal of the Johnson Amendment affecting 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations including religious groups, and reintroduction of Glass-Steagall.  Most of the work was done behind the scenes, in contrast to the Democrats more open process.

The NBA Cleveland Caveliers basketball team's run into the playoff finals created a challenge for the Convention team; Convention organizers only received the keys to the arena on June 17 (after the Caveliers pulled to a 3-3 tie in a game at Quicken Loans Arena on June 16).  This gave the convention team about a month to prepare the arena; by comparision in 2012 the transfer occurred about 40 days before the start of the convention (+).  Another major logistical challenge, the distance between the media center in the Huntington Convention Center and the convention hall at Quicken Loans Arena, was addressed by a shuttle system which wound through the secure area.

Leading up to the convention, Trump was dismissive of the notion of having political speech after political speech and said he wanted something more entertaining, for example featuring sports figures or holding a "winners' evening."  Neither of those ideas came into fruition, but the convention was unique in the extensive use of Trump's family.  Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort outlined four goals for the convention: to tell who Donald Trump is, the personal story; to highlight the failures of the Obama-Clinton  administration; an indictment of Hillary Clinton as the ultimate establishment candidate; and to unify the party.  To do this the campaign used family and personal acquaintances, people affected by world events, and political figures.  Also of note were the absences; various Republican officials seeking distance from Trump did not attend the Convention, most notably home state Gov. John Kasich, and Sen. Ted Cruz's non-endorsement was a major story.  Many of the speakers emphasized the need to defeat Hillary Clinton, exemplified by Gov. Chris Christie's "indictment" or former Mayor Rudy Giuliani's fiery speech.  Delegates took to chanting "lock her up."

Democrats set up a counter-convention presence, holding morning briefings a few blocks away from the media center.  Under the theme "Better Than This," they played up the notion that Trump is an unqualified and dangerous figure. 

Delegates, alternates and guests had full days, typically starting with their state delegation breakfasts (+).  In addition to the official activities, they could attend hundreds of events, receptions, forums and parties organized by Republican, conservative and allied groups  Vendors hawked pro-Trump and anti-Clinton T-shirts, buttons and hats; Trump bobbleheads were a popular item. 

There were also daily protests.  Incidents of violence at several Trump appearances during the primaries had raised concerns about what might happen in Cleveland.  When the nomination was still in doubt, Trump supporters planned a "Stop the Steal" rally and march on July 18 (+); after Trump became the presumptive nominee this evolved into an America First Unity Rally.  A major nonpolitical event, Circle the City With Love, took place the day before the convention started.  A "Coalition to Stop Trump and March on the RNC" planned a major protest on July 18.  On July 20 immigration activists put up banner wall "around Trump's hateful politics at his convention."  CODEPINK managed to get several activists inside the Q, where they attempted to disrupt speeches.  Public Square in downtown housed the officially sanctioned speakers platform and was a center of activity for groups and individuals seeking to make a point or a few dollars.  Both conventions were designated National Special Security Events and dozens of law enforcement agencies coordinated on security operations.  The City of Cleveland received a $49.9 million grant from the Department of Justice on April 1, 2016 [PDF].  A host of regulations (+) were in place for the Official Event Zone [PDF] during the convention period.  Area hospitals spent months preparing for the possibility of a mass casualty event, whether due to terrorist attack or violent protests (+).  Despite the worries the convention turned out to be surprisingly peaceful, and there were only about two dozen arrests.

Finally, some fifteen thousand media representatives from news organizations big and small, local, national and international covered the activity at the Convention in Cleveland as Donald Trump officially became the Republican nominee.

Following the Convention, the Host Committee commissioned two analyses, using different methodologies, of the convention's economic impact on the region (+).  The Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University used a micro analysis based on questionnaires completed by visitors and estimated $67.8 million in direct spending and a total economic impact of $142.2 million in a seven-county region [PDF].  Tourism Economics used a macro analysis based on an economic impact model and found $110.1 million in direct spending and $188.4 million total economic impact on the region [PDF]. Also of note, in June 2017 the Public Relations Society of America awarded Destination Cleveland two Silver Anvil awards for "their work to improve Cleveland's narrative as a place to live, work and do business, play and visit through the region's hosting of the 2016 Republican National Convention (+)."

Also See:
Curly Haugland and Sean Parnell.  May 2016.  UNBOUND: The Conscience of a Republican Delegate.  Woodbridge, VA: Citizens In Charge Foundation.
"Unbound: The Conscience of a Republican Delegate makes a powerful case that delegates to the Republican Party convention are not bound to vote for any particular candidate based on primary and caucus results, state party rules, or even state law. Co-authors Sean Parnell and Curly Haugland document nearly 240 instances at past conventions in which delegates invoked their right to vote their conscience."

Recent Conventions: 2012 Tampa-St. Petersburg  - 2008 Minneapolis-St. Paul - 2004 New York City - 2000 Philadelphia