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Money and Lobbyists

December 25, 2011

This was a comment I elevated to a Post. When shit like this becomes evident we just have to say something!

Money and Lobbyists.
Let’s get one thing straight. Not one lobbyist is spending to influence for better government. They don’t want a balanced view either. They only want a slanted vision that tilts toward the position they favor. Since they have the money they will continue to get the support from politicians on both sides of the isle.

In 2011 there are over 12,200 federal lobbyists based in Washington, DC. They spent $2,450,000,000.00 [that’s billions] to buy votes. If, after spending all that money you think you’re getting the federal government you need and deserve, I have a bridge I’d like you to lease with an option to buy.

In 2011 alone the Health Care Segment spent $367,522,943.00 [that’s millions] to get the policy and support that it wanted. If, after spending all that money you think you’re getting the health care you need and at costs you deserve, I have another bridge I’d like you to lease with an option to buy.

In 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 the Financial Segment [Banks, Insurance, Real Estate] spent $1,402,199,945.00 [that’s Billions] to get the policy and support that it wanted. If, after spending all that money you think you’re getting the financial sector rates and costs you need and deserve, I have a bright green bridge I’d like you to lease with an option to buy.

Let’s get another thing straight. If you don’t stand up to this you are a schmuck! Nothing will change and I can guarantee that your position will get worse. Scream at your elected officials until they leave office or stop taking money for their votes.

(NOTE: Figures are on this page are calculations by the Center for Responsive Politics based on data from the Senate Office of Public Records. Data for the most recent year was downloaded on October 31, 2011.)

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