With the two presidential candidates casting lobbyists, and much of the industry, in a negative light, they are taking a cautious approach to the convention revelry and keeping a lower profile.

The rules of the game have changed since the last conventions, in Boston and New York in 2004. The Honest Leadership and Open Government Act, which went into effect in January, prohibits lobbyists and entities that employ or retain them from holding events honoring specific members of Congress during the conventions.

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