Dems Just Wanna Have Fun
Convention-goers aren't going to let a little ethics law prevent them from having awesome parties.
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Ethics reformers insist the new rules are making a difference. They have also inspired transparency groups like the Sunlight Foundation to keep tabs on which companies are feting whom. (See the group's complete party list here.) But as with any regulatory regime, from NASCAR to music downloading, new rules spawn creativity as much as they reduce violations. The rules also make this year's parties more exclusive than ever, as organizers make sure no uninvited attendees inadvertently violate the code. (At least that's the excuse.) And they prove, once again, that there ain't no party like the lobbyist party, because the lobbyist party don't stop.
Christopher Beam is a writer living in Beijing.