Money talks

Pro: Elitist theorists of democracy are right that “money talks” in American politics. Research on lobbying
certainly confirms this view. Business groups greatly outspend other interests and buy access to policymakers
as well as their votes. Whatever constraints that can be placed on lobbying should be imposed.
Con: The influence of business lobbying is greatly exaggerated. Lobbying resources are often not
determinative of political influence. Lobbying is a constitutionally protected right via the 1st Amendment.
Lobbying activity is required to be disclosed by current law and can be looked up at
Constraints on lobbying would be unwise.

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