Tough new rules aimed at weakening the influence of lobbyists won't keep Democrats and Republicans away from some of the most lavish convention parties ever seen, funded by those seeking to influence legislation, the Wall Street Journal reports. Dozens of loopholes allow lawmakers to skirt the legislation by accepting gifts from lobbyists and attending their glitzy, star-studded bashes.
Lobbyist dodge the aim of the law by hosting charitable fundraisers—like a poker tournament planned for Democratic lawmakers—which are allowed. So-called "widely attended" events, with 25 guests who are not members of Congress or staff are OK, too, allowing politicians to enjoy an all-expenses-paid party featuring Kanye West. Booze will flow as freely as ever at the Distilled Spirits Council's bash—but this year lawmakers will only get $10 cigars.
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