Why do political parties still hold conventions? (Hint: $$$)

Jul 16, 2020
They can juice local economies. They can also juice campaign coffers.
Joe Biden speaks during the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Pennsylvania. This year's convention will take place virtually at a later date.
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Who pays when presidents hit the campaign trail?

Oct 15, 2018
When President Trump, like his predecessors, stumps for local politicians, local taxpayers foot the bill.
President Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally at the Kansas Expocentre on Oct. 6 in Topeka.
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Will Republicans shift money downballot?

Oct 10, 2016
One expert says it's 'every man for himself' in GOP races as Donald Trump implodes
The stage is set before a rally for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, October 10, 2016, in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylavania. 
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Like any business, revenue drop hurts RNC

Aug 25, 2016
July was their worst month of fundraising in 16 years.
US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is seen onscreen at the closing of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio on July 21, 2016.
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Why party platforms still matter in an election

Jul 29, 2016
What are the economic issues in the GOP and Democrats’ policy roadmaps and why should voters care?
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TPP galvanizes voters, divides both parties

Jul 28, 2016
How did a complicated, arcane international trade deal become a defining issue in the 2016 election?
elegates hold up signs that read 'Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)' and 'Love trumps hate' during the opening of the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Conventions are go-time for lobbyists and advocates

Jul 28, 2016
With so many influencers in one spot, they're a great way to spread your message
A general view of the DNC 2016.
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Weekly Wrap: What is Donald Trump's economic vision?

Jul 22, 2016
Nela Richardson and David Gura join Kai for this edition of the Weekly Wrap.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a speech during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention.
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The billion-dollar RNC question: What is Peter Thiel doing there?

Jul 21, 2016
Peter Thiel is an odd pairing with Donald Trump — but maybe less odd than it seems.
Peter Thiel participates in a panel discussion at the New York Times 2015 DealBook Conference.
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The top Google Trends question about the RNC is 'What is the RNC?'

Jul 18, 2016
It happened with Brexit, now it's happening here.
Delegates on the floor listen during the first day of the Republican National Convention.
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