Extracting those portions that are used to justify lobbying, we get:
|Oil & Gas||$1,150,840,111|
|Misc Manufacturing & Distributing||$1,010,365,149|
|Civil Servants/Public Officials||$910,330,244|
|Securities & Investment||$848,947,340|
|Source: Center for Public Responsibility:|
- And here is a list of the top 20 organizations who used lobbyists during that same time period and the amount of money they expended in pursuit of their interests.
Source: Center for Public Responsibility:(http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/top.php)
Once they leave Capitol Hill, they are very valuable commodities to special interest groups. They know the people, they know the process, and they know whose arm to twist to get a particular political favor or a piece of legislation passed They become in essence a fourth branch of our government, representing the special interests of their clients, rather than their fellow citizens or the country as a whole.
A Huge Cadre Of Highly-Skilled “Hired Guns." There may be some legitimate reasons to permit special interest lobbying, but the concept as it is presently practiced is that of a huge cadre of highly-skilled “hired guns”who exert undue influence on public policy and legislation in support of their clients' interests, even when that is contrary to the will of the American people and detrimental to our country. They exert an inordinate amount of control over our government, and it is done largely outside the public view.
Uequal Access = Unfair Representation Lobbyists enjoy special access to elected officials, which ordinary citizens do not have. In brief, it is an unfair playing field from the start.that gives lobbyists a huge, insurmountable inside edge. This is be achieved through scheduled meetings, during tours, on airplane flights, over a meal, at social or sporting events, or dozens of other convenient times. These, however, are opportunities for lobbyists that ordinary citizens do not have. It is unequal and therefore unfair access that is prejudicial to the best interests of the people
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