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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


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


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


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


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


Sen. Rubio 0-for-63 passing bills solo in gridlocked Congress

"It's like asking how good people are farming during a drought," said Lee Drutman, a senior fellow in the political reform group at New Amer


what you think you know about fixing American politics might be wrong

Mark Schmitt says that when it comes to political reform, we shouldn't dismiss the skeptics' ideas.


Why Congress Relies on Lobbyists Instead of Thinking for Itself

Convincing Congress, especially this Congress, to invest in its own staff capacity clearly won’t be easy. But neither is it inconceivable. E


A Lobbyist Just for You

Any attempt to directly limit the participation of corporate lobbyists in the political process runs immediately into the practical problem


A New Agenda for Political Reform

If we can’t reduce the pressure, then we have little choice but to arm our institutions to resist it. The first step is to—finally—make Cong


What if you had as much political influence as a billionaire?

The traditional approach to reducing the influence of economic inequality on democracy has been to limit those fat checks, by capping indivi


More Campaign Spending From More People

In the five years since the Citizens United decision, the campaign-finance reform movement has worked its way through the five stages of gri