Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz introduces debate co-chairs, from left, Michael D. McCurry and Frank Fahrenkopf ahead of the Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016 in Hempstead, New York.

Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz introduces debate co-chairs, from left, Michael D. McCurry and Frank Fahrenkopf ahead of the Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on Sept. 26, 2016, in Hempstead, New York.

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The Commission on Presidential Debates, the private group that hosts the debates, waited until a few minutes before the start of the event to invite its co-chairmen, Mike McCurry and Frank Fahrenkopf Jr., to the stage to introduce the event.

McCurry and Fahrenkopf, both of whom work in the influence industry in their day jobs, revealed the commission’s 2016 donors for the first time and publicly thanked them.

“I’d like to list the names of our 2016 national sponsors. The Anheuser-Busch companies, the Howard G. Buffet Foundation, the Kovler Fund, Crowell and Moring, AARP, and the National Governors Association. Will you please join me in thanking them for the work they’ve done?” McCurry said.