October 1, 2014
Art, politics, angels, demons . . . and righteous dogs.

My Little Congress

Given the new Supreme Court ruling on corporate freedom to now go as wild as they like  in political campaign spending a new report shows that this past year it was getting much worse . . .  all by itself. Can it be any clearer the reasons the government has stopped working, it seems, altogether:

“The Center for Responsive Politics puts the total at nearly $3.5 billion, a five percent increase over 2008. The pharmaceutical and health products industry spent nearly $267 million on lobbying, the greatest amount ever spent on lobbying efforts by a single industry. The Chamber of Commerce spent over $144 million dollars on lobbying, a 60 percent increase over 2008. Other big spenders on lobbying included Exxon Mobil, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, or Pharma, General Electric, Pfizer, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, AARP, American Medical Association, Chevron, the National Association of Realtors, and the American Beverage Association. Sheila Krumholz of the Center for Responsive Politics said, “Lobbying appears recession proof. Even when companies are scaling back other operations, many view lobbying as a critical tool in protecting their future interests.”

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Comments

  1. Kevin Moore says:

    “Lobbying” seems too generic a term for that much money. I mean, if you are buying a Congresscritter lunch to chew his/her ear on legislation affecting your interests, it shouldn’t rise to more than a decent soup and sandwich. Throw in a beer. Is there a list of expenditures?

  2. Steve says:

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