Tuesday, August 25, 2009

3,300 Lobbyists for 535 members of the House and Senate

That works out to- Six lobbyists per lawmaker.

I had made mention of this scenario in a previous comment. So, I thought I would put this up, lest anyone stumble upon my comment and think I was making it up.

If there is any doubt that President Barack Obama’s plan to overhaul U.S. health care is the hottest topic in Congress, just ask the 3,300 lobbyists who have lined up to work on the issue.That’s six lobbyists for each of the 535 members of the House and Senate, according to Senate records, and three times the number of people registered to lobby on defense. More than 1,500 organizations have health-care lobbyists, and about three more are signing up each day.

Every one of the 10 biggest lobbying firms by revenue is involved in an effort that could affect 17 percent of the U.S. economy. These groups spent $263.4 million on lobbying during the first six months of 2009, according to the Center for Responsive Politics a Washington-based research group, more than any other industry. They spent $241.4 million during the same period of 2008. Drugmakers alone spent $134.5 million, 64 percent more than the next biggest spenders, oil and gas companies.

“Whenever you have a big piece of legislation like this, it’s like ringing the dinner bell for K Street,” said Bill Allison, a senior fellow at the a Washington-based watchdog group, referring to the street in the capital where many lobbying firms have offices.

So where do the regular folk figure into this?
They don't.

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