Latest statistics on lobbyists have been announced, and we can easily say that this number has faced a downfall by 14 percent in 2017 alone.
Still, OpenSecrets.org notes that spending by lobbyists has already increased by 3 percent in 2017.
Back in the Obama era, the number of registered lobbyists reached an expenditure of staggering $26.7 billion. On a yearly basis, that sums it up to more than $3.3 billion.
The highest spender among all lobbying entities was certainly The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a position where they currently reside again, according to 2017 numbers.
Falling in second place is The National Association of Realtors, whose spendings were estimated at $64,821,111 in 2016. Counting from the third to the sixth spot are also Blue Cross/Blue Shield; American Hospital Association; Pharmaceutical Industry; and the American Medical Association. Their lobbying spendings amount to $22 million each for the
year of 2016.
Obama made a business by encouraging lobbying to spread on the Internet, costing $14,858,398 in 2016 alone. Compared to Bush’s era, the amount quadrupled.
If you were wondering where the core of lobbying lies at the moment, we can say with certainty it is in Silicon Valley.
Google (Alphabet Inc.) will probably spend more than the 2016 budget, which was around $15,430,000.
As far as tech lobbying is concerned, no one comes as close to the top as Google, a fact that hasn’t been changed in the past six years. As you know, Google demanded “Net Neutrality” regulation and Internet taxes.
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