Lobbyists up, voters down. Status quo kicking and screaming

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Crosspsoted at daily kos

Top 5 Lobbyists for the First Quarter of 2009

1. Chamber of Commerce of the U.S.A.: $9,996,000

2. Exxon Mobil: $9,320,000

3. Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America: $6,910,000

4. Chevron U.S.A. Inc: $6,800,000

5. Lockheed Martin Corporation: $6,380,000

    No wonder there are so many alternatives to real reform and real change. If the buck stops in Washington the buck started in a lobbyists briefcase.

    Simply put, if they can afford to lobby, they can afford to change.

    This goes for every Special Interest and every Big Business. While they fight change and kick and scream we here in Real America are fucking dying. We are dying while fighting your wars, we are dying waiting for health care reform, we are going broke waiting for Wall St to clean up it’s act, to make a long point short, Americans know you have the money, and now it is time to ante up.

     Some of you may recall the Great Economic Clusterfuck that recently took place. You know, the one where working and middle class Americans were asked to sacrifice while Rick Santelli rallied his Galtian forces on the trading room floor. Well, it turns out that many of the Corporations that caused and profited from that Clusterfuck did pretty good for themselves over all. While the rest of us were moving losing our jobs, our homes and our retirements, among other things, these guys found a few million bucks lying around to lobby Congress on their behalf.

    The same politicians in the GOP and the Democratic Party that are “concerned” about drastic change just happen to be the recipients of these campaign donations.

    Hmmm, very interesting . . .

Health Care, Health Insurance, & Pharma

3. Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America: $6,910,000

6. Pfizer, Inc: $6,140,000

12. American Medical Association: $4,240,000

18. American Hospital Association: $3,580,000

19. Eli Lilly and Company: $3,440,000

37. America’s Health Insurance Plans, Inc: $2,030,000

39. CVS Caremark Inc: $2,005,000

47. Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association: $1,800,000

49. GlaxoSmithKline: $1,780,000

63. Merck & Co: $1,500,000

65. United Health Group, Inc: $1,500,000

69. Sanofi-Aventis U.S. Inc: $1,460,000

76. Novartis: $1,347,134

87. Abbott Laboratories: $1,260,000

89. Astrazeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP: $1,250,000

92. Medtronic, Inc: $1,238,000

Oil

2. Exxon Mobil: $9,320,000

4. Chevron U.S.A. Inc: $6,800,000

7. Conoco Phillips: $5,980,935

16. BP America, Inc: $3,610,000

20. Marathon Oil Corporation: $3,380,000

45. American Petroleum Institute: $1,810,000

Defense

5. Lockheed Martin Corporation: $6,380,000

11. General Electric Company: $4,540,000

28. Northrop Grumman Corporation: $2,570,000

30. Boeing Company: $2,410,00

51. Honeywell International: $1,760,000

73. Raytheon Company: $1,360,000

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    You can read the full list of the top 100 Lobbyists at lavidalocavore.org, and my hat goes off to our own Jill Richardson for compiling this list.

    As Jill points out in here article, these amounts do not truly represent just how much money gets funneled through Lobbyists to Congress. Many Corporations contract out to other lobbying firms, so, if Eli Lilly gave $6 million out of their pockets directly, it still doesn’t count how much money they give indirectly in order to keep politicians in their thrall.

    I believe that the reason the Democratic Majority will not get off of their asses for change is because they fear anything that would upset their lobbying buddies. We should make them fear pissing off their voters even more.

    You can e-mail your Congress critter here if you feel like letting them know how much you appreciate lobbyists who break the system and fight us when we try to fix it.

    Or, you can e-mail the White House, and tell them the same thing.

    If the Corporations and Organizations that fight change can find the money to lobby politicians, they can find the money for change.

    And if the politicians who take donations for their elections want voters, they have to pick a side. Either the voter comes first, or the lobbyists. Obviously, we can not have it both ways.

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  1. Make em choose between the lobbyists and We The People.

    • Viet71 on June 21, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    is (a) not to give them money, and (b) not to vote for them.

    Working for change within the system is a fool’s errand.  The deck is stacked.

    The first step in working for change outside the system is to leave the system.

    All the calls for challenging our elected officials to do what is right are calls for wasted energy.  That energy would be much better spent plotting and organizing a one million or five million march on Washington, D.C.  Once a month until we get change we can believe in.

    • Joy B. on June 22, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    …congressional outrage and promises of “Lobbying Reform” both Dems and ‘Pugs were yelling about not that long ago? You think maybe DoJ’s reluctance to do anything to all the guilty parties after Abramoff spilled his guts had anything to do with their resurgent no-holds-barred pay-offs?

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