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The Money and Lobbyists Rule

January 7, 2012

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 almost unlimited money they will continue to get the support from politicians on both sides of the isle. Here are a few real examples.

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. [THAT’S $4.66 FOR EVERY PERSON IN THE USA TODAY] If, after spending all that money you think you’re getting the federal government policies and laws that you need and deserve, I have a bridge I’d like you to lease with an option to buy.

During 2011 alone the Health Care Segment lobbyists spent $367,522,943.00 [that’s millions] to get the policies and support that it wanted. [THAT’S $1.18 FOR EVERY PERSON IN THE USA TODAY] If, after spending all that money you think you’re getting the health care laws you need at the costs you deserve, I have blue bridge I’d like you to lease with an option to buy.

In 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 the Financial Segment lobbyists [Banks, Insurance, Real Estate] spent $1,402,199,945.00 [that’s Billions] to get the policies and backing that it wanted. [YOU GET THE IDEA]

We’ll be soon owned and run by a limited Oligopoly [a state of limited competition, in which a market is shared by a small number of producers or sellers, with little control by users and buyers of the products or services]. Let’s get another thing straight. If you don’t stand up to this you are killing any chance of equality in the USA. Nothing will change and I can guarantee that the single individuals position will get worse because your vote will count for less and less.

Scream at your elected officials until they leave office or they stop taking money for their votes. The only way to get your country back is to take it back. If they are in congress today they are members of an elite club and at least half problem. Vote them all out.

(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.)

The latest Rasmussen Reports survey finds just 5 percent of likely voters rate the job Congress is doing as good or excellent.” Yes, 5% of Americans think Congress is doing a good job. Which means 5% of those polled didn’t understand the question.

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