Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Follow the money

[Today we welcome back Kenna Toney!  PfP thanks her for her contribution.  If you would like to BE HEARD, email peopleforpolity@gmail.com!]


Congress is on vacation and the President is on a 3-day Midwestern bus tour, but as soon as they reconverge on Washington, the lobbying will commence.  The new super-committee will mean super-lobbying, and as we all know, if nobody is lobbying on your behalf, there is a slim to none chance that your issue will either not be heard or will be determined by those who can afford to hire lobbying firms.

"Lobbyists are in many cases expert technicians capable of examining complex and difficult subjects in clear, understandable fashion. They engage in personal discussion with members of Congress in which they explain in detail the reasons for the positions they advocate...Because our congressional representation is based upon geographical boundaries, the lobbyists who speak for the various economic, commercial and other functional interests of the country serve a useful purpose and have assumed an important role in the legislative process." 

-Senator John F. Kennedy, 1956

Take a look at the chart below:

Will your interest be served?

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