Mapping the Grand Old Parties
At the national political conventions, most of the action takes place not in the arena where the TV cameras roll, but in a host of outside events. They run the gamut from early-morning breakfasts to afternoon briefings to late-night fundraisers, and they are often sponsored by lobbyists and special interests.
Here at the Sunlight Foundation's Party Time, we compiled what we think is the most comprehensive list of such events available. You can search by host, beneficiary, venue and calendar date. Now you can also find the parties on a map.
Our database included more than 200 in the Tampa Bay area for this week's Republican gathering. Even Tropical Storm Isaac didn't through much of a damper on the festivities.
To look back at who was partying and there, click through the map below. It will allow to explore many events that took place around the GOP's convention. Be sure to zoom in to see them all. Many are clustered around the Tampa Bay Times Forum where the official convention took place, but there were gatherings all around the city of Tampa, St. Petersburg and the nearby beaches to the west.
Next week we'll have another map for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, and we can already tell you it's going to be more cluttered: We've got more than 400 events already entered in the database. Got one you want us to know about? Toss it to us here.
You can browse all the events in our database for both conventions on Party Time.
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