Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Jan 2014 10:52 UTC

Google led in lobbying spending by ten tech firms who pumped a combined $61.15 million into efforts to influence federal regulators and lawmakers in 2013, up 15.9 percent from a combined total of $52.78 million, according to records filed with the Clerk of the House this week.

Apparently AT&T is not considered to be a technology company, because they spent more than Google. All in all, virtually all companies heavily increased their spending on legalised corruption in the US.

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Age-old practice
by wocowboy on Thu 23rd Jan 2014 10:59 UTC
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Call it "legalized corruption" or whatever you wish, having representatives at court, near the tribal leader, lobbyists for parliament or Congress, the practice is as old as when humans first formed tribal groups and began creating civilization. And as distasteful as it is, it's a fact of life that will never go away. Politicians will never vote to eliminate the practice, and interest groups and companies will always want a method of getting to politicians to influence their votes.

The companies spending money for influence do not vote, but they are made up of people who do vote, so it behooves the legislators to consider what the lobbyists have to say. By the same token, a national carrot-growers association is made up of individual carrot farmers who do vote and want legislation that is favorable to their industry and they have no concern for the broccoli growers. Again, it's a fact of life.

Edited 2014-01-23 11:03 UTC

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