5 lobbyists assume key posts at parties' national conventions

Foti is on leave from his lobbying job, where his recent clients have included AT&T, American Electric Power and the Nasdaq stock exchange. Republican convention spokeswoman Joanna Burgos said Foti was not available for an interview.

Besides Farber, Foti and Hall, lobbyists involved in the political conventions include:

• Mike Dino, the CEO of the Democratic convention host committee, who manages the committee's fundraising and contracting for the convention. Dino works in the Denver office of Patton Boggs, the top-grossing Washington lobbying firm in 2007. Dino's Washington lobbying clients this year include the Colorado cities of Fort Collins and Arvada and the Denver Regional Transportation District. Lopez responded to requests for comment from Dino with an e-mailed statement. "Our local host committee members and objectives are solely focused on our local responsibility and not the business of Washington," the statement said.

• Bob Kjellander, vice chairman of the Republican convention's organizing committee. Kjellander is a lobbyist in the Illinois capitol of Springfield whose Washington clients last year included PartyGaming PLC, a Gibraltar-based operator of gambling websites. Congress in 2006 passed a law banning U.S. credit card companies from making payments to such gambling sites. Kjellander did not return messages seeking comment.

The Price of Power is an ongoing series tracking the role of money and business interests in the political process.

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