Lobbying is something that has become a problem in American politics in the past few decades; many people oppose lobbying, seeing it as immoral. The Center of Responsive Politics compiled a list of the biggest spenders on lobbying. Here are the top ten.
10. Boeing Co.
Boeing is a company that creates airplanes, rockets, missiles, and satellites. According to Center Responsive Politics, Boeing Co. has spent a total of $274,803,310 in the last 20 years on lobbying. A lot of Boeing’s lobbying money goes towards the Federal Aviation Agency.
AARP is an interest group that promotes “positive social change”. In the last 20 years, AARP has spent $282,621,064 on lobbying. A lot of this money has been spent on issues like healthcare, Social Security, and retirement.
8. Business Roundtable
Business Roundtable is a group of CEOs from various companies that promote policies that will help corporations. In the last 20 years, Business Roundtable has spent $284,120,000 on lobbying.
7. Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield is a company that provides healthcare insurance to over 100 million people. Unsurprisingly, Blue Cross Blue Shield spends a lot of their lobbying money on healthcare. In the last 20 years, they have spent $347,634,491 on lobbying.
6. General Electric
General Electric is a multi-industry corporation that started out as an electricity-related company. In the last 20 years, General Electric has spent $358,232,000 on lobbying.
5. Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) is a trade group that represents many companies in the pharmaceutical industry. In the past 20 years, PhARMA has spent $364,374,550 on lobbying.
4. American Hospital Association
The American Hospital Association (AHA) is an organization that seeks to “promote quality healthcare”. In the past 20 years, the organization has spent $372,475,855 on lobbying.
3. American Medical Association
The American Medical Association (AMA) is an organization whose mission is to “promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health”. In the past 20 years, they have spent $393,194,500 on lobbying.
2. National Association of Realtors
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) is an industry trade group for workers in real estate. In the past 20 years, NAR has spent $546,116,083 in lobbying. A lot of the lobbying money goes towards causes such as de-regulating the financial services industry.
1. US Chamber of Commerce
The US Chamber of Commerce is a lobbying group that usually supports conservative political candidates. The organization has been ranked as the biggest spender on lobbying for 17 straight years. In the past 20 years, the US Chamber of Commerce has spent $1,506,125,680 on lobbying.