Pork Peddling

Along with campaign contributions, the second arm of big money influence happens after elections are bought (or decided, depending on your point of view). Once the new politicians settle into their corner offices, a whole new round of policy-buying begins. Corporations hire lobbyists – an industry unto itself – to pressure politicians to enact policies favorable to their clients. In return, the lobby groups give politicians all kinds of perks, including the support of voter blocs large enough to swing the next election or incredibly lucrative jobs once their government gig is up.

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