Forget the rah-rah speeches to the pin-swapping, confetti-covered delegates on the convention floor in Tampa.
The real action will be with the Republican mega-donors gathered in arena skyboxes, closed-door hotel ballrooms and pricey restaurants around town.
They’re holding a sort of convention of their own in Florida next week.
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Some of the party’s biggest names – Marco Rubio, Nikki Haley, Karl Rove, Haley Barbour and Condoleezza Rice – will deliver personalized briefings, pep talks and fundraising appeals. And no need to hang out with delegates or the media – bundlers who have committed to raising $250,000 or more for Mitt Romney’s campaign also get access to a VIP lounge and treated to special performances by Don Felder, the former lead guitarist for The Eagles, and the Oakridge Boys country band.