As a Democrat she’ll be particularly well positioned. The former senator will be able to occupy the enviro/oil industry sweet spot quite comfortably. Lots of money (one way or another) on both sides of that political equation.
How it works folks.
I almost don’t want to write it, but if one is OK with crony capitalism, essentially stealing from the American citizenry via any number of official means, investing a few bucks in cronies gives amazing returns.
I am always astounded by the favors (almost always legal favors) politicians give out for relatively paltry sums. Sure Mr X goes to work for Y company after working at Z agency and Y company just happens to get a contract. But that contract(s) might be worth billions. The newly hired ex-bureaucrat costs maybe a few hundred thousand dollars per year. Chump change.
A solid return on investment. And with campaign contributions to congresspeople the ROI is often even better.
Cops shouldn’t be soldiers and soldiers shouldn’t preform police actions. This is a general rule of thumb which keeps everyone out of trouble, cops, soldiers, and politicians.
Is Apple being given a hint to fork over more campaign contributions?
It’s the imperial city folks.
Remember Tim Pawlenty? Few do, but the former Minnesota governor did raise his profile just enough in the 2012 campaign to land a sweet job as CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable, a big time bank lobbying group.
The small government people keep harshing the lobbyist’s buzz, man.
In fairness the companies probably feel that they don’t have much choice but to keep their mouths shut. Hopefully this will change.
Here’s one bit I will give the President. He has made at least some of the visitor logs public, but not all, which is an important point. Other presidents have held visitor logs even more closely.
The pharmaceutical lobby is the most influential in Washington DC according to a recent survey by APCO Worldwide.
Washington is the land of lobbyists. Every interest it seems is out to game the system for its benefit. The defense contractors, which rely on taxpayer dollars for nearly their entire existence do a lot of it.
Given that these companies are basically supported by the taxpayer they are supposed to be subject to special lobbying disclosure reporting. Politico reports however that despite these disclosure laws, the regulations appear to be widely ignored.
Sugar in this country is colossally messed up. Really we shouldn’t even be growing sugar crops in this country as the countries to our south can do it for less than half the price. But the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Hawaii cane growers have a powerful lobby.
Who writes the laws? The lobbyists.This isn’t completely true, but it is true to a very large extent as this article explains.
The thicker the law, the more opaque the legislation, the more opportunities there are to make money. There’s a reason Obamacare is a stack of papers taller than a man, same for Dodd-Frank. Both laws deal with impossibly complex areas of the economy best left to market mechanisms. To a very large extent the problems which both Obamacare and Dodd-Frank seek to address, access to healthcare and a corrupt banking system respectively, are problems created by prior government involvement in the marketplace.