Lavish Parties Open Doors NPR's Peter Overby reports on the lavish parties that private corporations and interest groups put on for influential members of Congress at political conventions. Although everyone says no lobbying takes place, critics say that such parties can provide the basis for personal relationships between elected officials and lobbyists, and in the long run, that can pay dividends to special interests.

Lavish Parties Open Doors

Lavish Parties Open Doors

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NPR's Peter Overby reports on the lavish parties that private corporations and interest groups put on for influential members of Congress at political conventions. Although everyone says no lobbying takes place, critics say that such parties can provide the basis for personal relationships between elected officials and lobbyists, and in the long run, that can pay dividends to special interests.