Oregon public and private sectors see dramatic rise in congressional lobbying
In the last decade, spending on federal congressional lobbying by Oregon
government bodies and businesses has increased five-fold, from $2
million in 2000 to over $10 million in 2010, according to an
federal lobbyist data by Oregon Capitol News (OCN).
To all those who want to "get money out of politics" and hate the lobbyists and specials interests, the quickest way to stop this is to get rid of crony capitalism. If the government has less power they wouldn't need to be lobbied.
But when numerous agencies have the power to either shut you down or loan you half a billion dollars it's only prudent that you spend a lot of time buying drinks and rounds of golf for our politicians.