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Mon Jul 12 08:55:39 MDT 2004
Special interests carve out place in convention
July 12, 2004
BY LYNN SWEET Chicago Sun-Times Washington Bureau Chief Advertisement
WASHINGTON -- Special interests -- corporations, labor unions and causes
-- are bankrolling lush parties at the Democratic National Convention in
order to buy access to public officials who gather in Boston in late
July to nominate John Kerry for president.
Though the convention is about nominating a president, almost every
Democratic member of Congress will attend the political trade show of
shows. Here are some more events designed with lawmakers in mind:
*The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States is throwing a
post-convention party at a club near the Fleet Center, where the
convention is being held, to honor Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle
*General Motors Acceptance Corp. is hosting a brunch for lawmakers to
honor Rep. Dick Gephardt (D-Mo.).
*JP Morgan Chase and the Goldman Sachs Group have invited all the
members of the Senate Banking Committee and the House Financial Services
Committee to an "afternoon of seafood, jazz and fun.''
*Another financial firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers, is throwing a reception
honoring House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and the whip team
with "cocktails and a delicious summer menu.''
*Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) who is an influential member when it comes to
postal service issues, is being feted by Deutsche Post, the company with
a controlling interest in DHL International, which competes with the
U.S. Postal Service.
Davis said "there was not really anything'' he had to vote on that was
directly Deutsche Post-related and he agreed to front the function
because the company wanted "to make sure'' it had a presence at the
*House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is being honored at a
reception sponsored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and
*The Congressional Black Caucus has a stream of corporate-sponsored
events, including the American Gaming Association sponsoring a
hospitality suite open from 10:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. at Boston's Sheraton
Hotel. Norfolk Southern and Burlington Northern Santa Fe is paying for a
lunch to honor the black caucus. An ecumenical prayer service is being
underwritten by Constellation Energy.
Other events for the caucus are on the tab of the Edison Electric
Institute, Johnson & Johnson (with a Boston Harbor cruise) and Lockheed
*A major lobbying firm, Patton Boggs, is teaming up with MassMutual
financial group to throw a late-night cocktail and buffet supper in
honor of the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation.
*Habitat for Humanity, which builds homes for poor people, is staging a
build during the convention and asking lawmakers to help -- in an event
sponsored by Dow Chemical Company, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the
Mortgage Bankers Association.
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