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Polluted Political Games

The real bargain is lobbying — and that’s why corporations spend 13 times as much lobbying as they do contributing to campaigns, by the calculations of Lee Drutman, author of a recent book on lobbying. The health care industryhires about five times as many lobbyistsas there are members of Congress. That’s a shrewd investment. Drug company lobbyists have prevented Medicare from getting bulk discounts,amounting to perhaps $50 billion a yearin extra profits for the sector.