Federal lobbying spending reached $2 billion after a staggering $1.1 billion during the first quarter of the year. This is unprecedented.
Political Lobbying articles on Democracy Chronicles
Political lobbying is a legal practice of petitioning the government enshrined in the Constitution but has been supersized in the modern era by well-financed lobbies having outsized impact on government decision making. Efforts to highlight and correct the oversized impact that the powerful few have over government will be highlighted in this section. Also see our sections on American democracy and Money Politics.
Intuit has spent decades fighting against free government-sponsored tax filing services and its lobbying efforts have increased.
Lobbying expenditures are rising nationally, thus showcasing how critical it is to raise awareness of initiatives to influence public policy.
This year is on track for record lobbying spending after lobbyists collectively clocked the biggest first quarter haul in history.
Blue Origin has steadily increased its presence in Washington since 2013, as Bezos and Musk vie for dominance in the space economy.
As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine upends the global energy market, giant oil and gas spent $12.4 million+ in lobbying in first quarter 2022.
Over the last few years, chip companies have spent $100 million on lobbying hoping to secure much more money in the form of subsidies.
Marijuana, cannabis industry spent $4.2million+ lobbying on a variety of issues and legislation in 2021, including Marijuana Opportunity, others.
FEC filed a complaint Monday saying TurboTax-owning company Intuit wrongly advertised its paid tax filing service as a free filing.
Oil and gas gave over $19 million or 93% of political contributions to state elections ahead of the Texas primary – to Republicans.