“The ritual dance between lobbyists and lawmakers is as old as the capital itself. Monied interests lubricate the Federal City to try to get their way.” William Neikirk, Tribune senior correspondent
If Lobbying, influence peddling, and soliciting the support of legislators on an issue becomes a fair exercise to all, I would not have any problem. But, access is dependent on money and connections, of which the majority of Americans have little of.
Lobbying is a multi- billion dollars industry that has a serious stranglehold on politicians. ,” Analyzing 4th Quarter disclosure reports filed Jan. 20, OPEN SECRETS.ORG.calculated that interest groups spent $17.4 million on lobbying for every day Congress was in session in 2008, or $32,523 per legislator per day.”
There fore, I believe lobbying money is a very serious threat to the political system. It creates a grave imbalance between the influence of the monied interests and the majority of the citizens have on the “representatives of the people”. Trying to explain the corrupting influence of lobbying on politicians, in June, 2009 snapshots wrote:
“I have the highest of regards to those who have licenses and pay taxes from their incomes as whores. It is those who prostitute without licenses, and hide under the guise of peoples’ representatives that irk me. Specially, when I see them in the tube with their lobbyist purchased suits and silk ties.
Our U.S. members of Congress, who have always sold us out to the interests of big business, are the leading members of whoredom. Our representatives who haven’t met a lobbyist they didn’t like are of the highest echelon of prostitutes. They don’t come cheap, but still are whores.”
Lobbying is not only done by U.S. companies. Foreign governments also spend millions of dollars each year in the U.S. to push their agenda and influence American political leaders.
According to PRO PUBLICA,
“ Lobbyists for various foreign agents, including a handful of for-profit corporations, disclosed receiving $85 million in fees during the period.
Lobbyists contacted congressional offices more than 10,700 times, including 2,280 meetings, nearly 2,600 phone conversations and more than 4,000 e-mails, with the balance of contacts in letters and faxes.”
Looking at figures supplied by OPENSECRETS.ORG. and PRO PUBLICA, I continue to wonder whose interests are being achieved.
Professor Mekonen Haddis