"We send our representatives to Washington so that they can work for us. When they get there, they work for big business" - so said a Time Magazine reader shortly before Obama was elected. It felt exactly the same under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown - far far from the old Labour who represented the working class, these politicians enjoyed being wined and dined by bankers, owning many houses, picking up £30,000 for an after dinner speech.
So it is always interesting to see what's happening in USA.
Who’s really spending big in DC?
Wanna know who’s really going to town, buying your elected representatives?
Take a look at the following chart from OpenSecrets.org, reprinted with permission from the Center for Responsive Politics:
Could this be why the Health Care bill ended up being such a compromise - nothing to do with the needs of the people, and everything to do with the needs of the big healthcare companies?
The same site further says that whoever goes into the election with the biggest budget almost always wins.