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Party Conventions Are Free-For-All for Influence Peddling



Voters First ConventionsThe Democratic and Republican national conventions are supposed to be publicly financed electoral events with reasonable ethics restrictions on influence-peddling by lobbyists. However, the conventions have become mostly privately financed soirees funded by corporations and lobbying firms that seek favors from the federal government. The unlimited soft money donations from special interests to pay for the conventions, and the lavish parties and wining and dining at the conventions, run counter to the federal election law and congressional ethics rules.

 

  • Read the report here (pdf).
  • Read the press release here.
  • Read our letter to the House.
  • Visit SayNoToLobbyists.org.
  • Take Action!  Contact your members of Congress or throw a Voters First Party!
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  • List of the parties scheduled for the Democratic convention, click here (pdf), originally sourced by our friends at the Sunlight Foundation.
  • List of the parties scheduled for the Republican convention, click here (pdf), also from the Sunlight Foundation.
  • For the most up-to-date list of parties at the conventions, visit www.PoliticalPartyTime.org.
  • To read the House ethics committee guidance, click here (pdf).
  • To read the Senate ethics committee guidance, click here (pdf).