Drain The Swamp? Under Trump, Lobbying Is At Highest Level In Years

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Under Donald Trump, D.C. lobbying has metastasized to its highest level in 7 years.

Under Donald Trump, D.C. lobbying has metastasized to its highest level in 7 years.

Lobbying activity in Washington surged to $3.34 billion last year — its highest level since 2010 — as corporations, trade groups and other interests scrambled to make their mark on everything from fast-moving tax legislation to immigration policy during President Trump’s first year in office.

It appears lobbyists are not taking to draining the proverbial swamp.

The new tally from the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics shows powerful and long-standing trade groups, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Realtors, spending the most money to shape policy in 2017.

As always in Washington D.C., money continues to purchase access and influence.

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