Another Record Year for Lobbying
The Center for Responsive Politics reports (with data from their lobbying database):
$2.8 BILLION Corporations, industries, labor unions, governments and other interests spent a record $2.79 billion in 2007 to lobby for favorable policies in Washington … this represents an increase of 7.7 percent, or $200 million, over spending in 2006. And for every day Congress was in session, industries and interests spent an average of $17 million to lobby lawmakers and the federal government at large. The drug industry spent more than any other, increasing its lobbying 25 percent last year.
Pretty soon this is going to add up to real money.