The contrast in the two Philadelphia conventions, despite being 16 years apart, has frustrated David L. Cohen, Comcast senior executive vice president. He was chairman of the 2000 convention host committee and special adviser for the 2016 host committee.

State Republicans have said that without the $10 million state grant, the committee -- a state-registered nonprofit -- wouldn't have had a surplus. They have criticized the committee's use of surplus money and called for a hearing and an audit