Pols, Lobbyists Schmooze in Tampa

Watchdogs: Money means access at party conventions.
3:00 | 08/28/12

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As we know these days, where there are politicians there is big money, hoping to influence decisions from everything from the election to health care for american families. Though abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross tried to question some of the big players here in tampa. Reporter: For republicans and democrats it will be the most expensive, extravagant set up to the conventions ever. A set of lavish parties, flam b flamboyant strippers and insider access. Mostly paid for by the big corporation, lobbyists and superrich who arrived in their private jets. THESE ARE THE REAL VIPs, Pointing to someone who is one of them, convicted lobbyist jack abe braoff. They're people who want something back. They keep have their agenda. Reporter: At&t have taken over a nearby restaurant to entertain public officials and OTHER VIPs FOR THE WEEK. Abc news showed up, employees first tried to hide the sign with the honored guests names. And then ordered us to turn off our cameras or else. Even the wind and rain from isaac did not put a damper on the big money. Including a performance by the commodores, but on by senate republicans, someone inside took these pictures for us as six grateful senators, including john cornyn of texas, thanked the corporate sponsors who put up as much as $25,000 apiece to be there. Blue cross and blue shield. Aflac, at&t. Reporter: Blue cross blue shield and aflac, of course, have a huge stake in coverage laws and republican senators they helped spend time with will help write those laws. It was not something that he was eager to talk about. Senator, can you not answer the question? And of course, it's all legal understand this country's almost nonexistent laws for political donations, diane. Brian, I know you'll be out at the democratic national

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