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Denver to hit $15M goal for convention

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER ” Denver city officials say they expect to meet Friday’s deadline to have $15 million in hand for the 2008 Democratic Convention.

It’s the latest in a series of benchmarks toward the final goal of having $40 million in cash to stage the August convention.

The city fell about $1.5 million short of the previous goal of $7.5 million in June.

Mayor John Hickenlooper and Chris Lopez, a spokesman for the Denver host committee, both say they’re confident the city will hit Friday’s benchmark.

Hickenlooper says he, Governor Bill Ritter, Senator Ken Salazar, Congresswoman Diana DeGette and others have been working hard to raise more cash. He estimated they have traveled 20,000 miles and met with 60 to 80 companies since June.

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