The Republican and Democratic parties have each received nearly $18 million in taxpayer funding for the political conventions that are scheduled to take place next year and could take in more money prior to the events, Fox News reported.
According to the news outlet, the large sums of money were reported by the Federal Election Commission. The amount that was received shows how the conventions are funded by copious public funding in addition to the massive private donations.
"It's outrageous for the government to write $17 million checks to political parties when we're facing trillion-dollar deficits," Representative Tom Cole (R-Okla.) wrote in a statement. He described the system as "an outdated, wasteful program."
Although this large amount of public funding created an outcry from some politicians, several advocates said that it would prevent private donations from becoming too important in the political realm, Fox News reported.
According to Newsroom America, the payments from public funding for the conventions have risen by a significant margin over the years. In 1980 the contributions totaled just $4.41 million.