CHICAGO — As Green Party members gather here to select a presidential nominee and try to turn their progressive activism into an established spot on the nation's ballots, they'll also be trying to raise some green to defray the costs of their political convention.
Party officials were forced to turn to some of their members last month for a no-interest loan of up to $15,000 to help pay for the convention, which began Thursday and runs through Saturday.
Four candidates are vying for the nomination, with former U.S. Rep. Cynthia A. McKinney (D-Ga.) in the lead. She holds 304.5 of the 419 delegates needed.
McKinney and other Green leaders acknowledge that winning isn't necessarily about taking the White House. It's also about drawing enough votes to ensure the party has its nominee automatically listed on state ballots, instead of having to run signature drives to gain access state by state every four years. The Greens expect to appear on the ballot in 40 states.