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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.
Major voting machine vendor reversed course and urged Congress to pass legislation mandating paper trails for all votes as an anti-hacking protection.
Payday lenders offer loans on the order of a few hundred dollars, typically to low-income borrowers, who have to pay them back in a matter of weeks.
The U.S. Catholic Church spent $10.6 million on lobbyists to prevent victims of clerical sex abuse from suing for damages.
Uighur rights advocates in the United States are ramping up efforts to persuade the U.S. Congress to pass a bill focusing on China’s growing persecution.
Most top officials at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) become lawyers and lobbyists for major technology companies after they leave the agency.
Chemical lobby giving generously to congress to Stop ban on Chlorpyrifos controversial pesticide linked to brain damage in children.
Political scientists have measured the public’s trust in the federal government consistently, using measures that are largely unchanged since the 1960s.
The impact of mega-farms on rural economies and our natural environment is generally horrible. The impact on generations of family farmers is devastating.
Hedge fund wealthy individual donors gave nearly $690 million to outside groups that poured money into influencing the 2018 midterm elections.