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Airbnb and Uber to Democrats: You Need Us

The two companies are using their popularity at the DNC to argue that young people could punish politicians who don't get on board with the sharing economy.
Photographer: John Taggart

The Democratic National Convention is relying heavily on Airbnb to house attendees, and the company wants to remind the visiting politicians that it could use their support, too. 

About 40,000 people are in Philadelphia for the convention, and Airbnb says 7,000 of them are using its home rental services, staying in spaces rented out by 3,000 hosts. By contrast, people have booked about 15,000 hotel rooms, according to the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau.