I’m not talking a couple bucks either. Here is the registration page for this year’s New Hampshire Democratic Convention. As you can see the early rate is $10 for delegates and $15 for visitors and after today the rates increase to $20/$25. Isn’t the Massachusetts convention in the neighborhood of $75 per delegate?
Both conventions this year are platform conventions. If I remember the NHDP procedure correctly they assemble every two years to approve a platform, but do not do endorsement conventions. Why such a difference? Are venues cheaper up north? Do we have more expenses? I was at a couple of DSC meetings where this was discussed, but seeing this reopens the question as to whether the party and the delegates are getting their money’s worth. I’d be interested to hear what DSC members have to say about this in the comments.
In general, if activism is our goal we should slash rates. If we’re lucky that will encourage more people to come so that the overall collection of registration fees will stay high by more people paying less rather than fewer people paying more.