The lobbying economy is twice as big as we think

http://www.vox.com/2014/10/3/6889413/lobbyists-unregistered-tim-lapira

According to the official statistics, over $3.3 billion was spent lobbying the US federal government in 2012. But as massive as that number is, it falls far short of the reality — because it only counts payments made to lobbyists who’ve actually registered. Billions more are spent in Washington’s influence industry, including on payments to "shadow lobbyists" who work to influence government policy despite not being registered at all. Tim LaPira, a political scientist at James Madison… Continue reading…

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