Giffords is still recovering from an assassination attempt.
While media representatives toured Charlotte with DNC officials, some lawmakers in Washington are trying to cut off the $36 million in taxpayer money used to stage the Democratic and Republican conventions.
The lawmakers also want convention organizers to return money given them this year that has not been spent.
The lawmakers called the conventions little more than theater.
“So little is actually decided at our conventions. The candidates are nominated in the primaries. So little is done, yet so much money is spent,” said Craig Holman, the Government Affairs Director for the group Public Citizen.
Supporters of taxpayer-funded conventions said it’s the corporate money that should be banned because it gives too much special access to the wealthy.
Democrats modified convention funding rules this year, banning direct donations from corporations and limiting individual donations.