Convention Report: No Sleep ‘til Acceptance Speech


pie chart of when political convention events are happening

Two point five. That’s the numbers of hours I slept Tuesday night and just about the percentage of convention events in Party Time I attended since August 27.

The political conventions are a whirlwind for all participants: delegates, speakers, journalists … two Sunlighters. As Party Time shows, there are events happening morning, noon and night. As the Democratic National Convention prepares for its final day, I wondered when prime time for parties really was.

Looking at both the Republican National Convention in Tampa last week and the Democratic convention this week in Charlotte, the best time to attend an event is in the 10 o’clock hour. Breakfast was on the menu at these mid-morning events for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the American Association for Justice and nearly 100 others. The least popular time was 7:00 a.m. (Speaking from experience, early start times here are not so fun.)

However, Sunlight is rising with our namesake to share with the media our experiences following the money and influence at the political conventions:

  • Keenan Steiner spoke with local NPR station WFAE about the political influence in Charlotte this week.
  • Ellen Miller spoke with ABC News about the special treatment received by big political donors.
  • Bill Allison spoke with the Today Show about corporate money at lavish convention events.

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