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

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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Comment by bile
by bile on Thu 23rd Jan 2014 12:47 UTC
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2005-07-08

When government, who has a monopoly on force and law, gets involved in something... those involved now are incentivized to manipulate that power to their benefit.

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RE: Comment by bile
by kwan_e on Thu 23rd Jan 2014 13:09 in reply to "Comment by bile"
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2007-02-18

When government, who has a monopoly on force and law, gets involved in something... those involved now are incentivized to manipulate that power to their benefit.


You, like every other libertarian, has got that backwards. Who has the monopoly on force and law is the government. In the US, the capital G Government is a hired goon for corporatists. They are the government.

There will always be government.

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RE[2]: Comment by bile
by jjmckay on Tue 28th Jan 2014 21:16 in reply to "RE: Comment by bile"
jjmckay Member since:
2005-11-11

True the corporations have a lot of control of our government here, however your statement that 'there will always be government' is misleading since one government is not the same as the next. Our government here has been expanding its power for at least a hundred years so of course corporations have a huge incentive to buy their favor (and influence lawmaking and law writing).

However I agree with you that it's not clear cut that the government is 100% to blame and the corporations share a lot of the responsibility. I guess it depends on which corporations have more control and which are just trying to buy-into favor in a corrupt system. Speaking as a libertarian here. I call it all human insanity -- the human condition of suffering.

Edited 2014-01-28 21:17 UTC

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