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Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook blow massive amounts lobbying Trump administration

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But did it do any good?

IMHO, it did not. The current administration seems to only want to listen to the people who bankrolled the election campaign.

Everything else is branded

FAKE NEWS

Mind you, the Daily Fail and Express are not much different on this side of the Pond.

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Re: But did it do any good?

You also need to consider that this in nothing new, they were doing it with the previous administrations as well. After all US politics is the best money can buy!

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Re: But did it do any good?

Oh I dunno - the cable monopolies seem to be getting value for money now :)

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Chump change...

... for those companies. They probably get to write it off.

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Re: Chump change...

It may be chump change but it's nearly 5 grand a week per senator that Google has just spent influencing members of government. I still see lobbying as undemocratic as those with the greatest means are more likely to influence a greater number of senators.

The average citizen can't hope to get their needs and opinions across as well.

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Re: Chump change...

A politician's jobs are to get elected or re-elected. Our needs are a distant third. And elections are not cheap. This is true no matter what country you are in.

The last presidential election, Hillary Clinton spent $1.2 billion (thousand million) and Donald Trump $600 million. Do you think the corporate overlords give money because they like these politicians? Quite frankly, I can't think of two more unlikable people than Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Corporations may in public life talk about how much they hate Donald, but in private life they will do what they can to influence him. And every other elected official as well. This is a game, we are the losers of this game.

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Re: Chump change...

A politician's jobs are to get elected or re-elected. Our needs are a distant third. And elections are not cheap. This is true no matter what country you are in.

In the UK we started regulating this with the Corrupt and Illegal Practices (Prevention) Act in 1883. The Representation of the People act of 1983 limits election spending by a party to £100k per seat which basically limits our parties to spending an absolute total of £65 million nationwide, or about 5% of what your cite Hillary Clinton as having spent.

Just FYI. Doesn't have to be about "who can spend the most".

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Except the limits have now been easily bypassed with social media etc. with no accountability for ads on Goggle, Feckbook & the like which can coveniently be funded anonymously from overseas

UK law needs a complete rewrite.

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Their best bet is to stall actual laws while encouraging debate and discussion of what they should look like till the next person takes office.

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Re: ANOS

you are a pissed up verity snob and I claim my 5 pounds of bacon.

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Money wasted

No point on spending on lobbying, now that the swamp is drained.

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Knocking On Wrong Door

They would be better off sending money to Putin.

Our current administration resides in Kremlin.

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ask yourself why they lobby so hard and fast with the money.

There is more to this than I know or understand.

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The word "lobbying" is a smoke screen, call it what it is bribery and undemocratic, that benefits those with power and money, on both sides !

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Thats exactly what it is...

Bribery, you took the words from my mouth. +1

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Erratum...

Please amend So you can expect to see Google and friends spending more and more of their hard-earned cash attempting to align their interests with those of lawmakers

to read

So you can expect to see Google and friends spending more and more of their hard-earned cash attempting to align lawmakers with their interests.

Sorry for any misunderstanding...

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Re: Erratum...

further correction

"So you can expect to see Google and friends spending more and more of their hard-earned cash attempting to align lawmakers with their interests."

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"So you can expect to see Google and friends spending a slightly larger fraction of their profits from selling your preferences and history on attempting to align lawmakers with their interests."

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Is it the same Google that censors results and hides search suggestions to catch any dirt falling on the socialists, and occasionally does even more laughable things, like redefining words in the dictionary?

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Wrong approach

They need to be paying off Trump Company, not lobbying senators.

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Re: Wrong approach

what makes you believe they are not doing both?

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Re: Wrong approach

Whats the difference?

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