The statistical research reveals a link between concentration and corporate lobbying through a series of case studies that take a look at data from three industries — internet companies, pharmaceuticals, and oil and gas. The findings make it clear: Lobbying doesn’t make a firm big. Its bigness makes it better able and more willing to lobby. Big corporations can corrupt government in ways that businesses in competitive markets do not.
Read“Democracy for Sale: Examining the Effects of Concentration on Lobbying in the United States” here.
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