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Not all associations lament loss of lobbying at conventions

Presidential nominating events had long been fading in significance; some groups do miss in-person opportunities to showcase industry

Elephant and Donkey

Aug. 28, 2020
By William Ehart

COVID-19 killed live political conventions this year, but as with some other things, the pandemic may have hastened an overdue development.

The Republican and Democratic presidential nominating conventions had long been mainly TV spectacles, with the outcomes predetermined. And so they were this year, just absent the throngs of delegates in funny hats. (The GOP convention, which wrapped up Aug. 27, did have some live meetings for official party work in Charlotte, N.C. The Democratic convention was completely virtual.)

Many associations that typically leverage the conventions to advance industry advocacy chose to do nothing this time.

The events were not missed by all lobbyists.