And Now, a Word on the Sponsors

Corporations, unions and wealthy donors are allowed to pour unlimited cash into the host committees that finance presidential conventions in exchange for goodies such as private receptions with legislators and VIP access to special events. Most of the corporate sponsors revealed so far for Denver and St. Paul (the host committees do not have to disclose donors or how much they raise until 60 days after the convention) are veterans of Washington’s money-for-influence game.

Use the interactive below to see how they have contributed more than $180 million to federal campaigns since 2005.

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A condensed view of this data: And Now, a word on the Sponsors

SOURCES: Campaign Finance Institute, Center for Responsive Politics
CREDIT: Interactive by Nathaniel Vaughn Kelso and Karen Yourish – The Washington Post. - August 27, 2008

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