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Call Sheet #338: Restricted Access at G.O.P. Convention Parties, Concert Cancellations, "Pop-Up Lobbying"

BIZBASH CALL SHEET — #338 — Wednesday, 08.29.12

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Compiled today by Melissa Ward Schorsch and Anna Sekula in New York
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1. PRIVATE PARTY: While the Republican National Convention had some Isaac-related cancellations, the events surrounding the convention don't seem to be suffering. So much so, some attendees are finding it hard to get into the parties. The Washington Post: “‘Access and security are tight at this convention—not a lot of party crashers here. Big donors, of course, get in everywhere: There are dozens of exclusive, closed-to-the-press soirees for deep-pocket supporters. And even the larger swath of parties— some 100 or more scheduled for the next few days—have limited their guest lists to GOP insiders.” http://wapo.st/NBZpvB

2. CONCERT CHANGE: Meanwhile, Sarah Evans is now replacing Wyclef Jean as the entertainer at a convention party sponsored by Lifetime Network and Got Your 6, scheduled for tonight at Glazer Children's Museum. Evans is now the fourth person to fill that slot. Originally, it was Willie Nelson, then Randy Travis, followed by Jean and now Evans. Tampa Bay Times: http://bit.ly/NOVHjL

3. PARTY CONSULTING: Lobbyists have found a way around the ethics rules that prevent them from hosting parties for lawmakers. NBC News: "The method: Set up a consulting firm to throw your party and honor your favorite members of Congress. Then sell 'sponsorships' to the event for as much as $50,000 a pop, thereby allowing lobbyists and their corporate clients to party it up–and curry favor–with lawmakers just as they always have...'I would call these pop-up front companies,' says [lawyer Craig] Holman of the new party consulting firms. 'Their whole purpose is to sponsor parties at the conventions that otherwise might be in violation of congressional ethics restrictions. … This is a brand new wrinkle. I’ve never seen this before.'" http://nbcnews.to/SPbBji

4. DATA OVERLOAD: With countless emails, videos, social media posts, and new articles, the Republican and Democratic Conventions are expected to see one terabyte of data sent from each event, requiring Cisco to set up more than 70 miles of copper for local area network (LAN) and more than 50 miles of fiber for the infrastructure. Mashable: http://on.mash.to/RkyKV1

5. SOCIAL TIME: Organizers of Social Week, which includes seven days of classes, discussions, and panels geared toward social professionals, announced the roster of events slated for New York October 14-21. On the agenda is a two-day conference Press release: http://bit.ly/NsxHaK

6. INDUSTRY ACCOLADES: The Convention Industry Council announced a new award
program for accomplished and up-and-coming leaders called the Pacesetter Awards, which are broken into several categories: Community Service/Humanitarian, Innovations & Best Practices, Environmental Leadership/Corporate Social Responsibility, Public Elected Official, Young Professionals, Lifetime Achievement, Friend of the Industry. http://bit.ly/RS3hA2


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* LOCAL NEWS *

BOSTON: The Boston Music Awards will be at the Liberty Hotel on December 2.

CHICAGO: Fashion Focus Chicago is October 15-21. Events include three headline runway shows in Millennium Park and city-wide shopping and fashion events.

The Italian Village will partner with the Ferrari Club of America to present the 15th annual "Ferraris in the Loop" event on September 9. The event, which displays 60 Ferraris, benefits Inspiration Corporation and Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.  

LAS VEGAS: Trade Show News Network: "Dedicated to bargain apparel, accessories and footwear, Offprice Show may have gained its momentum during the economic downtown, but it continues to have a strong presence even as things begin to turn around. Held August 19-22 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas, the event spanned 125,000 net square feet and attracted approximately 500 exhibiting companies." http://bit.ly/Otk75h

LOS ANGELES: The Petersen Automotive Museum will honor John Lasseter and Adam
Carolla at its “Comedy and Cars Gala” on October 4.

The ISES Los Angeles chapter will present its fall signature event, the "ISES L.A. Education Symposium," on September 24 at the London West Hollywood.

Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://masterplanneronline.com/losangeles

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: Throughout the week of Art Basel Miami Beach, this December 6 through 9, there will be Pop-Up Piano Miami performances announced via social media outlets. http://bit.ly/p027dh

NEW YORK: The St. Regis hotel is adding another luxury-branded suite to its rooms called The Bentley Suite. AFP: "The theme suite will include decor touches reminiscent of designs by British carmaker Bentley Motors such as black leather tile floors and a sleigh bed made out of Bentley's signature burled wood. The 1,700-square-foot suite will be available as of next month for $9,500 per night." http://bit.ly/PQ3Vc5

Time Warner Cable named Gregg Fujimoto as the senior vice president of brand strategy and marketing communications for residential services, whose responsibilities include overseeing promotions and events. Press release: http://bit.ly/RmeAKr

YOUR NEWS: What are you doing? Tell us: [email protected]. 



With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Melissa Schorsch, and Anna Sekula in New York.


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