The New York Times is surprised that "More than three-fourths of the federally registered lobbyists making campaign contributions in excess of $25,000 this year have showered money mainly on one political party or the other, according to the reports they filed with Congress at the end of last month."
According to the Times, this flies in the face of the "conventional wisdom," which presumed that "most lobbyists hedged their bets by donating freely to members of both parties."
Perhaps, though, we shouldn’t be entirely surprised by the giving pattern of lobbyists. After all, many registered lobbyist are former officeholders, staffers, or political operatives. It seems only natural that they would continue to support those who represent their ideals.
In fact, it is important to remember that the vast majority of all political giving is driven by ideology and that campaign contributions have little impact on the way a legislator votes.
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