If there is any doubt that Corporate America controls things in Washington, perhaps a look at who is spending the money and how much they spend will be helpful in figuring things out. The ranking of the top 25 organizations’ spending on federal lobbying during the first quarter of 2013 is set out below.
The Top 25:
• Chamber of Commerce of the U.S.A. $10,140,000;
• National Association of Realtors $8,500,000;
• U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform $6,430,000; which is money spent to destroy the civil justice system;
• Northrop Grumman Corporation $5,820,000;
• Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers $5,270,000;
• General Electric Company $5,190,000;
• American Medical Association $4,910,000;
• Exxon Mobil Corporation $4,840,000;
• United Technologies Corporation $4,630,000;
• Comcast Corporation $4,480,000;
• AT&T Services Inc. $4,260,000;
• National Association of Broadcasters $4,200,000;
• Merck & Company $4,190,000;
• National Cable and Telecommunications Association $4,170,000;
• American Hospital Association $3,810,000;
• Southern Company $3,760,000;
• Lockheed Martin Corporation $3,710,000;
• Verizon Communications $3,670,000;
• Chevron USA Inc. $3,660,000;
• Boeing Company $3,580,000;
• Google Inc. $3,350,000;
• CVS Caremark Inc. $3,338,680;
• Novartis $3,290,000;
• General Motors Company $3,220,000; and
• Edison Electric Institute $3,160,000.
Some of our readers may be asking: how much of this money was spent to “help protect consumers?” Looking at the 25 names on the list, I believe most will know the answer. Remember, this spending was just for three months. Significantly, the pharmaceutical companies and their associations spent a huge amount on their lobbying efforts during the first quarter of this year. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers spent $5,270,000 during those three months. The individual companies spent collectively more than $31 million, according to reports. If anybody is wondering who in Washington works for working men and women, the poor, seniors, and other ordinary folks, I don’t believe they will find their names on the list of 25 set out above.
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