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.

Thread beginning with comment 581551
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Inequality For All
by adkilla on Fri 24th Jan 2014 04:22 UTC
adkilla
Member since:
2005-07-07

I think the foundation of this issue is best described in this documentary:
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/inequality_for_all_2013/

One inevitable fact mentioned in this documentary is that when the rich have too much money, they use this money to buy power to further entrench their dominance. Unless Americans stop playing the game for the rich and think of society as a whole, the rich will continue to dominate their future. I think another revolution of the American mind needs to get going like that of independence, civil war and minority rights.

Reply Score: 3

RE: Inequality For All
by zima on Mon 27th Jan 2014 01:43 in reply to "Inequality For All"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Unless Americans stop playing the game for the rich and think of society as a whole, the rich will continue to dominate their future. I think another revolution of the American mind needs to get going like that of independence, civil war and minority rights.

That's how the ratrace ( http://web.mit.edu/krugman/www/ratrace.html ) works, "average" people want a part of the cake...
(also, the myths of "land of opportunity" or "American Dream" ...while the US is actually at the bottom in the metric of this stuff, social mobility)

Reply Parent Score: 2