[Marxism] Party animals

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
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.

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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 
(D-S.D.)

*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 
convention.

*House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is being honored at a 
reception sponsored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and 
Publishers.

*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 
Martin.

*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.

full: http://www.suntimes.com/output/sweet/cst-nws-prez12.html

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