Republican Convention: Behind The Scenes: The Rain Of Dollars

Behind the G.O.P. Convention on TV was the other one, off camera, where cash was the only vote that counted

Everybody complains that political conventions have declined into nothing more than predictable TV shows. Not so. The conventions have declined into predictable TV shows and shameless off-camera fund-raising orgies. So last week there was one Republican Convention on the big stage, where the newly domesticated party leaders felt your pain and the gospel choirs whooped. But the real sounds of Hallelujah! were going on at the other convention. That one took place all around town at the lobster-and-champagne galas corporate donors gave for their favorite members of Congress and the Republicans gave right back to thank their major contributors, long and...

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