When Business Gets Political Podcast

Corporations are the dominant actors in Washington. Of the 100 organizations that spend the most on lobbying, 95 represent business, and the largest companies now have upwards of 100 lobbyists representing them. How did American businesses become so invested in politics? And what does all their money buy?

In his new book, The Business of America is Lobbying: How Corporations Became Politicized and Politics Became More Corporate, Lee Drutman draws on extensive data and original interviews with corporate lobbyists to provide a detailed picture of what corporations do in Washington, why it matters, and most importantly, how we can make sure that their presence doesn't undermine our democracy.

Join New America NYC for a conversation with Lee Drutman and Zephyr Teachout about the relationship between corporations and Capitol Hill – and how we might reform it.


Lee Drutman is a senior fellow in the program on political reform at New America. He is the author of The Business of America is Lobbying (Oxford University Press, 2015). 

Zephyr Teachout was a senior fellow in New America's Open Markets program. She is an Associate Law Professor, a former gubernatorial and Congressional candidate in New York, and the author of Corruption in America