DNC host committee asks court to keep donor list under wraps

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The host committee for the Democratic National Convention wants to keep its donor list under wraps until after the convention even though a Pennsylvania state agency has ordered its release.

A lawyer for the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee told a judge Thursday the release could hurt ongoing efforts to raise funds and negotiate vendor contracts for the four-day convention that begins Monday.

The group wants to raise about $60 million from private sources.

Organizers have a $15 million line of credit but must file fundraising updates in return.

Independent journalist Dustin Slaughter believes the updates are public documents, and the state’s open records office agrees.

Committee lawyer David Pittinsky argues the group has until September to release the fundraising records under federal election law.

The judge promised to rule quickly.