The Policemens Lobby is Not Equal with the Chamber of Commerce Lobby
by TarHeel, Sat Aug 04, 2007 at 02:31:50 PM EDT
It's absolutely insane to say that the policemen and environmental lobby have an equal say with the Chamber of Commerce Lobby.
It's absolute nuts. Yes everyone can lobby or start a PAC but the fact is the total amount is heavily biased. On this Obama and Edwards seem to agree.
on the top spenders list this is what you see.
US Chamber of Commerce
American Medical Assn
American Hospital Assn
Edison Electric Institute
Pharmaceutical Rsrch & Mfrs of America
National Assn of Realtors
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Ford Motor Co
US Telecom Assn
General Electric alone spent $137 million on lobbying over an 8 year period.
This does not include campaign contributions of high ranking executives to the RNC, DNC , various PACs and individual campaigns.
It's almost impossible to know exactly how much money employees of general electric and the company have spent influencing legislation in congress but it's a lot.
I would imagine that this list underestimates certain sectors. If you notice the "business roundtable" and "chamber of commerce" are listed as separate lobbying industries but I bet they both lobby congress to not increase the minimum wage.
You'll notice all three military contractors - Lockheed Martin, Boehing and Northup Grummon all made the list. Want to know why we have needless wars and spend so much on military hardware?
In 2006, $2.55 BILLION was spent on lobbying. Again this doesn't even include PACs or political contributions to campaigns.
You want to know why you can't raise fuel economy standards? See Ford and GM on the list.
Want to know why the government agreed never to negotiate drug prices. See PhRMA.
It's nuts to argue lobbying is fair cause the sierra club can lobby too.
You can read read about lobbying firms that create astroturf campaigns to build support for certain bills or release fake Youtubes attacking Al Gore.
In the video, Mr. Gore appears as a sinister figure who brainwashes penguins and bores movie audiences by blaming the Mideast crisis and starlet Lindsay Lohan's shrinking waist size on global warming. Like other videos on the popular YouTube site, it has a home-made, humorous quality. The video's maker is listed as "Toutsmith," a 29-year-old who identifies himself as being from Beverly Hills in an Internet profile.
In an email exchange with The Wall Street Journal, Toutsmith didn't answer when asked who he was or why he made the video, which has just over 59,000 views on YouTube. However, computer routing information contained in an email sent from Toutsmith's Yahoo account indicate it didn't come from an amateur working out of his basement.
Instead, the email originated from a computer registered to DCI Group, a Washington, D.C., public relations and lobbying firm whose clients include oil company Exxon Mobil Corp.
A DCI Group spokesman declines to say whether or not DCI made the anti-Gore penguin video, or to explain why Toutsmith appeared to be sending email from DCI's computers. "DCI Group does not disclose the names of its clients, nor do we discuss the work that we do on our clients' behalf," says Matt Triaca, who heads DCI's media relations shop.