Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Feb 2013 22:28 UTC, submitted by bowkota
In the News "The last time we looked at Silicon Valley's lobbying efforts, Google was the big spender and Apple the piker. That hasn't changed much in the past nine months. In fact, Google increased its political spending in 2012 - a Presidential election year - by nearly 90%, while Apple reduced its by 13%." Anti-SOPA or no, that's a hell of a lot of money. This should be illegal - it's thinly veiled corruption.
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Government by Lobby
by benali72 on Tue 19th Feb 2013 03:21 UTC
benali72
Member since:
2008-05-03

That large contributors like Google contribute millions to both political parties indicates a corrupted political system. They're not trying to influence legislation, they're trying to buy protection.

Legislation can no longer be passed in the US without the agreement of the companies affected. The Citizens United decision is at the root of the problem.

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RE: Government by Lobby
by unheeding on Tue 19th Feb 2013 05:03 in reply to "Government by Lobby"
unheeding Member since:
2013-02-08

If money is speech, shouldn't prostitution be legal? After all, it's not against the law to use your speech to convince someone to have sex with you.

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RE[2]: Government by Lobby
by gan17 on Tue 19th Feb 2013 12:20 in reply to "RE: Government by Lobby"
gan17 Member since:
2008-06-03

Get a former hooker/pimp into the government/senate.
The only reason lobbying is legal (in any country that allows it, not just the US) is because the ones taking the bribes are the ones making the laws.

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RE[2]: Government by Lobby
by MyNameIsNot4Letter on Tue 19th Feb 2013 12:24 in reply to "RE: Government by Lobby"
MyNameIsNot4Letter Member since:
2011-01-09

Then it's no longer prostitution.

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