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How Money Rules Washington

DATE: May 17, 2013 | Danielle Brian

Topics: National Security | Related Content: Lobbying

Every two years, we elect members of Congress whom we expect will go to Washington, D.C. to look out for the public interest. It’s a wonderful exercise in democracy – the American people making their voices heard. Sadly, the reality is that our voices are often drowned out by the din of industry influence.

Industry and multi-national corporations exert their influence on Washington by spending hundreds of millions of dollars each year on lobbying and campaign contributions.  They dangle the promise of high-paying jobs to members of Congress, federal agency officials and their staffs. They give lucrative bonuses to employees who leave for high-ranking government jobs.

This is how money rules Washington.

Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project On Government Oversight (POGO), and Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, sat down with Bill Moyers to talk about how industry influence shapes laws, public policy and regulations.

It’s an important discussion that we think everyone should watch. The full episode can be seen at Moyers & Company.

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