Pros And Cons Of Lobbying Harm The United States

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To what degree does lobbying harm the United States?

Drew Wolf
April 20, 2017
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Lobbying is an issue that has recently found itself at the forefront of the American politics. Many feel that lobbying is essentially a legalized form of bribery and has lead to the government catering to the needs of special interests instead of the interests of America at large. According to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, 74% of Americans believe that elected officials place their own interests ahead of the country's. So it seems many Americans wonder who their representatives are actually representing. Lee Drutman, a political scientist, compares the current situation of
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Drutman states that tax codes are one of the most lobbied things in the United States. A tax code that is as simple as possible is generally considered to desirable for a business as a whole. However, a tax code that has caveats here and there that favor certain companies, is more desirable to the respective company. Due to this, companies lobby heavily to mold tax codes in a way that favors them. According to Congressman Bill Frenzel, the lobbying done by corporations has resulted in a tax code that is “a hopelessly complex mess, antithetical to growth, and is crammed with conflicting incentives."
Tax codes are not the only thing corporations lobby. Corporations also lobby heavily to have regulations placed on their industries. They lobby to have regulations that greatly increase the cost for companies looking to enter the industry. This removes the threat of competition for the corporation and ensures that they remain. This essentially creates monopolies, one of the least desirable things an industry can have. Since there is no competition, there is less incentive for the corporation to innovate, lower costs for consumers or provide an all round better product to their customers. Lobbying does not only harm the U.S in an economic
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According to a survey conducted by FORTUNE on lobbyists, lawmakers and staff of the lawmakers found the that aforementioned groups consistently ranked the NRA as the second most powerful interest group in the United States. Furthermore, the NRA (National Rifle Association) spends around three million dollars annually according to Opensecrets. Even if you disagree with the beliefs of this interest group, they do show how an interest group can exercise influence without spending large amounts on lobbying.
How exactly is the NRA able to exercise such a great amount of power over what legislation is passed when their lobbying budget is so small? The answer lies in the fact that their constituents are very politically active.
This makes sense when you put yourself in a congressperson's shoes.
If you had to decide how to vote on a piece of legislation what would influence your vote more; seeing a poll that says 80% of Americans support the legislation or receiving dozens of angry phone calls telling you that voting in favor of the legislation would violate one of the most important rights in the constitution and send the entire country hurtling towards
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