That’s how much electrical utilities, coal, oil and transportation have spent lobbying Congress against regulation of carbon emissions (aka climate change legislation) between 2000 and 2016.(3)
In my humble opinion, if they can afford to waste money that way, they’re not paying enough in taxes.
“All contributions by corporations to any political committee or for any political purpose should be forbidden by law,” said [President Theodore] Roosevelt in the first years of the 20th century, when he was also proposing public financing of federal election.(1)
There’s no question that business involvement in politics has created evils affecting the welfare and health of every American. There’s also no question that current members of the Republican Party have no clue as to what the leading thinkers of that Party said.
- Robert J. Brulle. The climate lobby: a sectoral analysis of lobbying spending on climate change in the USA, 2000 to 2016. Climatic Change, 2018; DOI: 10.1007/s10584-018-2241-z