Sunday, February 07, 2010
Corporate Money and Lobbying
Kevin Drum has a couple posts tied to an LA Times article. They looked at the political contributions and lobbying of the soft drink industry, which rose dramatically when there was talk of taxing soft drinks in the interest of fighting obesity. It's an important issue, particularly in light of the "Citizens United" decision of the Supreme Court. But I comment on Drum's post there are other sources of leverage, particularly for what Ike called the "military-industrial" complex. And Eugene Volokh, at Volokh Conspiracy, has an interesting post on California's experience with rules at the state level similar to the new Citizen's United regime.Apparently in CA the biggest contributors are not corporations, but unions and Indian tribes.