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The ethics bill being "unveiled in the House of Representatives today would limit lawmakers' ability to raise money from special interests for conventions but would not affect the 2008 events," says USA Today.  "A Senate bill passed this month would bar members from attending lobbyist-sponsored parties thrown in their honor but would leave intact the ability of special interests to pay for the quadrennial events.  The host committee in Denver, where Democrats will gather next year, already has collected more than $16 million, some from companies lobbying Congress and federal agencies.  Organizers in Minneapolis-St. Paul, site of the Republican event, also raise money from companies with business in Washington."