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How Amazon Is Destroying Main Street America With Help From Washington

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Dylan Housman Healthcare Reporter
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Amazon’s spending on lobbying the federal government has reached record levels in recent years, and the fruits of that labor could have a devastating effect on America’s small businesses.

The corporate giant shelled out $18 million in 2020 on lobbyists in Washington, D.C., breaking the company’s previous record set the year before, according to The Washington Post. In a year in which many small and family-owned businesses were driven into bankruptcy by the COVID-19 pandemic, the world’s leading online retailer posted record profits and rewarded shareholders with a skyrocketing stock price.