Want to End Lobbyist Influence in Sacramento? Cut Big Government


A recent data analysis shows that Sacramento is headed toward another record year of spending by lobbyists. This will be taken widely as bad news, evidence that legislation is too often the product of special interests, and corruption is widespread if not the primary factor driving decisions.

A more thoughtful response, though, would say that the money being thrown around means California’s government has grown too big, and its lawmakers are too powerful.

According to CalMatters, “Special interest groups spent more than $114 million to lobby California officials and legislators in the first quarter of this year.” This matches last year’s pace “when a record $480 million was spent to influence” legislators.

Click to read the full article in Times of San Diego. 

Nothing contained in this blog is to be construed as necessarily reflecting the views of the Pacific Research Institute or as an attempt to thwart or aid the passage of any legislation.

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