Democrats Give Special Interests a Role at Convention

As a candidate in 2008, Barack Obama vowed to squelch the role of special interests in financing the party conventions — so he barred corporations and lobbyists from contributing money to this year's national convention in Charlotte, N.C. Yet organizers have found ways to skirt the rules and give corporations and lobbyists a presence at the nominating convention.
April 6, 2012
 

As a candidate in 2008, Barack Obama vowed to squelch the role of special interests in financing the party conventions — so he barred corporations and lobbyists from contributing money to this year's national convention in Charlotte, N.C. Yet organizers have found ways to skirt the rules and give corporations and lobbyists a presence at the nominating convention.

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