The most recent example of the convention rules committee's power is Rule 40 that was introduced by Mitt Romney supporter Ben Ginsberg in 2012. Rule 40 changed the threshold of the majority of delegates a candidate needed to win in order to be eligible for nomination. The rule upped the amount of states from a plurality of five states to a majority of eight.
This rule helped secure the nomination for Romney to keep Ron Paul's supporters from placing his name up for nomination because he did not have eight states.
In the rules committee transcript, Haugland who was a member of the committee, objected to the rule. Then rules committee chairman, Gov. John Sununu, responded that it did not violate the delegates' free will. Later in the rules debate process, the transcript showed Haugland again objecting, saying it was a conflict and the response in the room from the fellow delegates was recorded down as laughter.
Now four years later, coincidentally, his son, U.S. John Sununu, who is national co-chair for Ohio Gov. John Kasich, would need to have the 2016 rules committee change Rule 40 so his candidate could even be considered a nominee.
The elder Sununu told CNBC: "Each convention write its own rules. Tweaking Rule 40 will be part of that process. But remember, you do not have to be formally nominated under the requirements of Rule 40 to receive delegate votes. Last time Ron Paul did not qualify to be nominated under Rule 40, but he received his delegate votes (around 200) when the balloting took place."
"The RNC staff is keeping quiet about these rules because they're looking to control the delegates. There is no question they have deliberately been empowering the so-called importance of the primaries at the expense of delegates at the convention," said Haugland. "They are actively seeking to transfer the right to choose the nominee from the delegates to the convention to the voters in the primaries."
UPDATED: This story was updated to include comments from Gov. John Sununu.
CORRECTION: The RNC rules committee chairman in 2012 was Gov. John Sununu.