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In the year 2007, lobbyists contributed $7,552,200.00 to government spending. When I researched the 2008 election cycle the amount of money contributed from lobbyists so far totals to $13,499,016.00. Of that money 4% ($588,953.00) comes from PACs, and 96% ($12,910,053.00) comes from individuals. Now, when I say individuals this can include anyone who contributed more than $200.00. Republicans received 43% ($5, 751, 095.00). Democrats received 57% of that money ($7,744,621.00). The top five groups that contributed to the 2008 election cycle are as follows:

1. WPP Group ($683,677.00) 49% of that going to Democrats and 51% to Republicans

This group is a subsidiary of Flanagan Consulting

2. PMA Group ($544, 150.00) 76% of that going to Democrats and 24% to Republicans

This group is a subsidiary of BC&A Intl.

3. Van Scoyoc Assoc ($464, 705.00) 61% of that going to Democrats and 39% to Republicans

This group is a subsidiary of Capital Decisions Inc

4.Interpublic Group Co ($353, 874.00) 62% of that going to Democrats and 38% to Republicans

5. Livingston Group  ($251, 450.00) 26% of that going to Democrats and 74% to Republican

I don’t disagree with the fact that companies are allowed to contribute money to campaigns based on their company’s interests and values. However, I do believe there needs to be a cap on lobbyist spending. Companies that bring in  mass revenue such as GE or Boeing are able to contribute massive amounts to political campaigns more so than an average company such as your Mom and Pop store down the street.

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One Comment

  1. I agree with you on a cap that should be placed on lobbyist donation toward a campaign, how much?, I’m in no position to give that answer however I do realize that the millions of dollars donated to a campaign have a great impact on the candidates standings of corporate policies and hopefully the public realizes this too.


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