The Deluge of Money into Politics, Or
Washington's Lobbying Culture, Part V
We've written often, though not recently, about the ill effects of too much money and high-powered lobbying on our national politics. We've also pointed out (here and here) the heroic job the Center for Responsive Politics has done in attempting to track it all. More recently, it's been joined by the Sunlight Foundation, which does equally fine work (which we noted last year). Sunlight recently added this uniquely helpful tracking device. The subject of money and lobbying is even due for Hollywood treatment soon, with actor Kevin Spacey playing the now-imprisoned sleazeball lobbyist Jack Abramoff in an upcoming movie. But sometimes, the mere act of compiling statistics speaks louder than even any narrative treatment could. I think that's true with this table of the top organizational donors to politicians and political parties over the last decade. It just kind of left me shaking my head. How about you?