Big Oil's paid lobbyists are countering the campaigns to fight climate change. This is because they gain so much power and money thru their existing business model-sort of a bigger is better trend towards oligopoly and monopoly. This started with the oil companies merging into ever bigger corporations. Also this was done by big banks, pharmaceutical companies, media companies, weapons companies, hospital chains, software companies, ....... At some point they spend more money on lobbying and on campaign contributions than on their products, research and development, sales, employees, and customers. They buy out their competitors and restrict competition, then they raise prices. They get bailouts, government contracts, PPP loans, favorable court rulings, etc..... article
article These secret pro-corporate judges rule in favor of bogus claims filed by polluting oil, pipeline, mining, toxic chemical, waste dump, and such companies. It was inserted into trade deals (NAFTA, TPP,...)to overrule national laws in favor of large pollution causing corporations. ow they also want to give high prces to drug companies.
$ 3.4 billion was spent in 2018 on lobbying. In 2018, $1 billion was spent by SuperPacs which don't have limits on how much they take in or on how much they spend. Dark money groups don't have to say who gave the money or how much.
The League of Women Voters is sponsoring a talk by Lisa Graves of the Center for Media and Democracy on 9-18-17 at What: Meet-up on Dark Money in Politics When: Monday, September 18 6:30-8p.m. MDT Where: Elevations Credit Union, 2960 Diagonal Hwy, Boulder, CO 80301 Sponsor: League of Women Voters of Boulder County How: There is no charge for this event, but please register online. http://lwvbc.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=87&club_id=629866&item_id=695815&eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=66d8967e-3099-4821-8c24-69401bfb8b23&eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=66d8967e-3099-4821-8c24-694