Lobbying is something that has been around for quite a long time. Since 1792 actually. It is something that has plagued our culture for a long time. We have always accepted this as a fact of politics. Yet this is something that is tantamount to a crime and has filled up the “swamp” for years.
Lobbying has enabled us as people to make politicians act for the corporations instead of the people who which they are supposed to serve. After the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case in 2010. Corporations were recognized as people and were considered able to give campaign donations. This caused big Pharma, fossil fuels and other wealthy corporations to buy politicians to fill up the richest of the rich’s pockets and drain that of the middle class. Fossil fuels alone have spent 4.5 billion dollars buying away the people who represent the citizens of the US. This is the only way in the world we can hope to drain the swamp. And I wish we recognized that.