Lee Drutman

Senior Fellow, Political Reform Program

Lee Drutman is a senior fellow in the Political Reform program at New America. He is the author of The Business of America is Lobbying (Oxford University Press, 2015) and winner of the 2016 American Political Science Association's Robert A. Dahl Award, given for "scholarship of the highest quality on the subject of democracy." In addition, he writes regularly for Polyarchy, a Vox blog. An expert on lobbying, influence, and money in politics, he has also been quoted and/or cited in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, Slate, Mother Jones, The Atlantic, Business Insider, National Review, Politico, and many other publications, and on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Planet Money, This American Life, Marketplace, Washington Journal, and The Colbert Report, among other programs.

Drutman also teaches in the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies at The Johns Hopkins University. Prior to coming to New America, Drutman was a senior fellow at the Sunlight Foundation and has worked in the U.S. Senate and at the Brookings Institution. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. from Brown University.


All Work

POLITICAL REFORM
The solution to lobbying is more lobbying

The better approach is to counter existing lobbying with more lobbying. Something resembling the general interest is most likely to emerge w


POLITICAL REFORM
A Better Way to Rein In Lobbying

It’s easy to get depressed about the state of American democracy. But we don’t need to be. The solutions are not overly complicated: Give go


The Business of America is Lobbying

An excerpt from Lee Drutman’s recently released book explores the history of lobbying in America.


POLITICAL REFORM
Obamacare, Hands Off My Medicare

In his new book, “The Business of America Is Lobbying,” Lee Drutman, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, provides insight into a


POLITICAL REFORM
Corporations now spend more lobbying Congress than taxpayers spend funding Congress

This wasn't always true, Drutman writes. The corporate lobbying budget only began regularly exceeding Congress's operating budget in the ear


POLITICAL REFORM
The Rise of the Lobbyists

I attended a talk last week by Lee Drutman, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. Drutman was describing some of the findings in hi


POLITICAL REFORM
How Corporate Lobbyists Conquered American Democracy

As companies became more politically active and comfortable during the late 1980s and the 1990s, their lobbyists became more politically vis


POLITICAL REFORM
What we get wrong about lobbying and corruption

The problem is that one set of interests routinely overpowers the rest. In particular, corporate lobbying has metastasized over the last fou


POLITICAL REFORM
The Business of America Is Lobbying

Lively and engaging, rigorous and nuanced, The Business of America is Lobbying will change how we think about lobbying.


There Wasn’t Always This Much Corporate Lobbying

Although there's always been some imbalance in Washington representation, it's never been quite this imbalanced.


POLITICAL REFORM
Corporations find lobbying preferred path to influence

Lobbying offers a much better return than election spending because real power lies in influencing how policymakers think about the world, n


POLITICAL REFORM
Despite Citizens United, elections AREN'T a good investment for corporations

Lobbying offers a much better return than election spending because real power lies in influencing how policymakers think about the world, n