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Buying Government With Lobbying Money

Buying Government With Lobbying Money | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Their associations like the National Association of Manufacturers, Chamber of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Businesses, and the Business Roundtable began by increasing their member ship and member donations. In 1975 only 175 corporations had lobbyists, but by 1982 nearly 2500 companies did.


Political Action Committees (PACS) increased from 300 in 1976 to 12000 in 1985. The mobilization of big business resources had begun, which would ultimately affect taxes, regulations, the wealthy and the middle class. By 2011 they had 12,929 lobbyists dispensing $3.5 billion per year on lobbying.


This story will explain how big business used government to get 4 major tax reductions, modifying or terminating New Deal laws, to create new laws that favored the big banks and the wealthy, to change or rewrite labor laws that would help them bust unions, to negotiate trade agreements that favored the multi-national corporations over labor, and to pressure the government to ignore the trade deficit and foreign currency manipulation. Their lobbying successes resulted in a huge shift of wealth away from the middle class....

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Here's a great look inside the big business of public affairs and lobbying government for big business.

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Sunlight Foundation follows lobbyist tweets - Dave Levinthal

Sunlight Foundation follows lobbyist tweets - Dave Levinthal | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
The Sunlight Foundation compiles list of active lobbyists on Twitter.

 

Be wary, tweeting lobbyists: You’re being monitored.

 

The nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation is today launching a tool designed to track the personal Twitter activity — be it musings about the Kardashians or latest meeting with a congressmen — of Washington’s influence class.

 

Initially, 235 lobbyists appear on the Sunlight Foundation’s list, which its posting on its Twitter handle, @SunFoundation. While these lobbyist Twitter accounts have always been public, the new list makes it easier for the public to monitor all the accounts at once, the Sunlight Foundation’s Gabriela Schneider said....

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PR Fail: Two Million Reasons Why Candy Does Not Make You Fat | Flack Me

PR Fail: Two Million Reasons Why Candy Does Not Make You Fat | Flack Me | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

... There's something more current, like the GOP hiring a PR strategist to educate America that it is not the "stupid party." Perhaps you remember the infamous case study of "Big Tobacco" hiring top-dog lobbyists to tell Congress that smoking doesn't kill people...stupid people jonesin' for a cigarette kill themselves.

 

And now there's this, brought to us by the National Confectioners' Association. This is the proud D.C.-based organization that is breaking open its big piggy bank to the tune of $2 million (put your pinky up to your mouth when you say that) to tell D.C. — wait for it — that candy doesn't make you fat. ...

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Let the BS begin with this ill-conceived public affairs program. 

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