Host Committee Overview
The 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee, Inc. (“Host Committee”) is a Florida not-for-profit corporation that operates as a public charity under § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Host Committee serves as the officially designated Presidential Nominating Convention Host Committee under federal law and is a registered host committee with the Federal Election Commission. The Host Committee is not involved in any political activity and is in no way considered a political committee under any state or federal laws.
In developing and implementing its strategic action plan, the Host Committee will thoughtfully appoint professionals and volunteer leaders of various kinds to represent the community throughout Tampa Bay. The Host Committee will confirm sponsorships, execute local programs and recruit volunteers, while maintaining the primary functions of alleviating the burdens of local government, promoting the Tampa Bay area, encouraging commerce in the local community, and projecting a favorable image of Tampa Bay to the attendees and the worldwide media in attendance at the 2012 Republican National Convention. Although the main purpose of the Convention is to nominate a candidate for President of the United States, the Host Committee does not play any political role in that process.
The 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee wants to ensure the community is informed about the Republican National Convention in Tampa August 27 – 30, 2012.
You can reach the Host Committee in many ways. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you to showcase Tampa Bay!
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The Committee on Arrangements (“COA”) is a subcommittee of the Republican National Committee and is charged with all other tasks associated with the Convention not performed by the Host Committee. The primary functions of the COA include the aggrandizement of the Republican nominee for President, production and staging of the Convention hall, media arrangements, logistics, transportation planning, as well as coordination with the political campaign of the Republican nominee to the extent permitted by law.
The COA and the Host Committee are independent legal entities and there are no shared staffs, financial resources or policy controls. However, the Host Committee does have a legal contract with the Republican National Committee to fulfill certain obligations on behalf of the host city, including funding, transportation, leased facilities, security, housing, hotels and venues among other things.
For more information about the Committee on Arrangements visit their website at www.gopconvention2012.com.
- Ken Jones
President and CEO
- Sarah Collins
Florida Finance Director
- Amanda Whitelaw
Director of Events and Volunteers
- Matt Becker
Chief Operating Officer
- Arlene DiBenigno
Director of Economic Development
- Jessica R. Aspiras
Deputy Communications Director
- Paul Watson
Chief Financial Officer
- Aileen Rodriguez
- Rita Wesley
Deputy Director of Events and Volunteers