The return on investing in politicians

From James Dale Davidson’s upcoming book, The Breaking Point:

The Sunlight Foundation – a nonpartisan watchdog group that tracks lobbyist spending and influence in both parties – reported on research it undertook between 2007 and 2012, tracking 200 of America’s most politically active corporations.

After examining 14 million records – including data on campaign contributions, lobbying expenditures, and federal budget allocations and spending – it found that, on average, the most politically active corporations in the U.S. received $760 from the government for every dollar spent on influencing politics, for a total of $4.4 trillion.

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