The best government money can buy.
The Best Government Money Can Buy Industry $1.50 billion contributions to all U.S. federal and state candidates, 1998 Contributions to all $2.69 billion candidates, 2008 (a presidential election year) Total spent to lobby $1.44 billion the U.S. Congress and federal agencies, 1998 Total, 2008 $3.30 billion Spending on lobbying $92 million by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (ranked first among individual organizations or corporations), 2008 By ExxonMobil $29 million (second) By AARP (formerly $28 million American Association of Retired Persons) (third) By PG&E Corporation $27 million (California utility) (fourth) By Northrop Grumman $21 million (fifth) Spending by the $487 million health sector (first among all sectors), 2008 By "miscellaneous $469 million businesses" (second) By finance, $460 million insurance, and real estate (third) By energy and natural $387 million resources (fourth) By communications and $377 million electronics (fifth) Total number of 10,405 registered U.S. lobbyists, 1998 Total number, 2008 14,443 Total number of 536 members of Congress (Senate and House of Representatives) Number of lobbyists 27 for every member, 2008 SOURCES: Contribution to candidates: National Institute on Money in State Politics. Other data: Center for Responsive Politics.
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