A Philadelphia judge ruled Monday that the public does not have a right to know who is funding the Democratic National Convention or how the money is being spent until after the event.

"The decision of the Host Committee to withhold information about its donors and their contributions until the end of September may well be unwise, and certainly does not promote the value of transparency, but nothing in the law requires otherwise," Common Pleas Court Judge Abbe F. Fletman wrote.

Ballard Spahr Partner David Pittinsky, the host committee's attorney, argued that federal election law supersedes Pennsylvania's Right-to-Know Law and therefore the entire argument was moot. Fletman agreed.

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