THE BEST GOVERNMENT MONEY CAN BUY? is the first comprehensive non-partisan account of the behind the scenes system of lobbying at the national level, of what it consists, and how it works. Who provides the money? What is it spent on? What effect does it have? How is it connected to the financing of political campaigns?
Both Barack Obama and John McCain made the issue of lobbyists a central part of the 2008 Presidential Elections. But can any President really change this constitutionally protected activity?
THE BEST GOVERNMENT MONEY CAN BUY? explores the issue through interviews with real Washington beltway insiders, key participants in the process who often speak with surprising candor..
Lobbying is a more and more important aspect of our government, influencing key decisions that affect all of our lives.
The past few years have seen exponential growth: the number of registered lobbyists has more than doubled since 2000; their fees have also increased by 100%; in 2005-6 they spent $6.5 million dollars day.
But only a relatively small number of Americans have any knowledge of the scope and size of the lobbying industry and the key role which it plays in our democracy.
THE BEST GOVERNMENT MONEY CAN BUY? will make audiences of all political stripes pause and reconsider their views on lobbying.