Corporations Brought Lobbyists And Lawmakers Together At Conventions
Away from the arena, corporations sponsor parties and events where lobbyists and business leaders mingle with lawmakers.By Zach Toombs | August 3, 2016
"This is one big influence peddling soirée," said Craig Holman, who lobbies for Public Citizen on issues of campaign finance reform. "That's what the national nominating conventions have become."
A convention is an opportunity to rub elbows, lobbyists with lawmakers, lawmakers with business leaders. And all of it is happening out from under the eye of campaign finance watchdogs in Washington.
"It's a lot easier to get away with shenanigans when you're hundreds of miles away from the mother ship of Washington, D.C.," said Dave Levinthal, a reporter at the Center for Public Integrity. "Look, everyone that a lobbyist could ever want to see pretty much is here. You think D.C. is hyper-local and hyper-concentrated? Well, multiply that by about 10."