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Here’s How You Control Washington: Set Up Shop In Every Congressional District

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Varun Hukeri General Assignment & Analysis Reporter
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It has become a sort of conventional wisdom that lobbyists and corporate special interests have a significant and bipartisan relationship with the federal government. Lawmakers often rely on corporate America to create jobs and bring investments in their states or Congressional districts — in exchange for political support and campaign contributions.

An analysis of public data revealed that a total of $1.76 billion was spent on lobbying efforts in the first half of 2020, according to the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP). One notorious tactic lawmakers use is “pork barrel politics,” whereby funds are appropriated to a specific state or district in exchange for votes or campaign contributions.