I have a major issue with lobbyists. While some lobbyists are for the good, I think we could use all that money to knock down the deficit. Billions are poured into special interests rather than take care of our economy. Senators are reaping the rewards by lining their own pockets. I have been searching for a breakdown of what each Senator makes from lobby contributions, the only thing I can find is this:
Public Financial Disclosure Database
Elected Officials Get An Average 1,452% Salary Increase When They Take A Lobbying Job
2012 Presidential Independent Expenditures
I do not agree with this kind of spending. Money is wasted on politicians that could be used to reduce the deficit. Money is wasted on lobby-ism that could be used to reduce the deficit. We talk about people freeloading off the government, but we don't do anything to address the money thrown around in Washington DC. Hopefully someone can provide a link to what each senator receives from lobbyists. I would like to see the breakdown.