By all accounts, the 2008 Democratic Convention will be a celebration
for the ages, but the enormous scale of the parties in Denver will not
merely be a reflection of Barack Obama’s historic candidacy. In the face
of increasingly stringent lobbying regulations, lobbyist-sponsored
convention parties have become the primary sites for corporate
influence-peddling within the Democratic Party.

On the eve of the convention, Nation political correspondent Ari Berman previews the behind-the-scenes wrangling that will occur at these closed-door affairs and highlights the conundrum they may pose for Barack Obama.

Will Di Novi

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