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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.
Report Details Pentagon-to-Contractor Lobbying
672 former officials worked for top defense contractors, 91% in lobbying roles, as they receive significant government contracts.
Why Presidential Candidates Form Exploratory Committees
Exploratory committees allow candidates to campaign without running initially, but most who form them eventually run.
Tech Lobbyists Fight States Over Privacy Violations
Senator Whitney Westerfield has re-introduced a data privacy bill to give consumers more control over personal information online in Kentucky.
Cryptocurrency Industry Lobbying Skyrocketed In 2022
The cryptocurrency industry’s political influence expanded significantly as they spent $21.6 million on federal lobbying in 2022.
Tech Giants Broke Their Spending Records On Lobbying Last Year
Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp. broke lobbying spending records last year as they fended off heightened scrutiny…
FEC Hikes Contribution Limits Ahead Of 2024 Election Cycle
Following historic 8% inflation in 2022, the [FEC] announced new contribution limits for the 2024 election cycle on Thursday.
How Restaurant Workers Pay for Lobbying to Keep Their Wages Low
Restaurant workers have long fought for higher wages. Yet, they may unwittingly be paying for lobbying to keep these same wages low.
Federal Lobbying Spending On Track To Set New Record In 2022
Federal lobbying spending reached $2 billion after a staggering $1.1 billion during the first quarter of the year. This is unprecedented.
Call For An Investigation Of Intuit’s Lobbying Practices Amid Mounting
Intuit has spent decades fighting against free government-sponsored tax filing services and its lobbying efforts have increased.