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THE INDUSTRY


The Pharmaceutical Industry
Washington's Largest Lobby

Lobbying is defined as: To try to influence the thinking of legislators or other public officials for or against a specific cause

A lobbyist is a person who tries to influence legislation on behalf of a special interest or a member of a lobby.

Lobbyists from business sectors and special interest groups wield a huge influence over Congress.  From the Teamsters Union to Microsoft or the National Association Realtors, among others, millions and millions of dollars are spent each year by these companies convincing our representatives to vote in their best interests (which are not necessarily ours).

The most powerful of these lobbies is the Pharmaceutical Industry, it's trade groups and manufacturing companies.  Outnumbering our representatives in Washington two to one they spend tens of millions of dollars per year convincing Congress to vote their way, keeping drug prices high, extending patents, preventing importation of lower priced drugs from Canada and preventing Medicare from negotiating lower drug prices. 

And year after year the industry spending the largest amount of money to get our representatives to vote their way is the Pharmaceutical Industry.


Top Lobbying Industries (1998-2009)

Pharmaceuticals / Health Products $1,817,218,843
Insurance $1,339,542,119
Electric Utilities $1,230,199,509
Computers / Internet $1,017,512,484
Business Associations $1,008,464,139
Oil and Gas $919,806,388
Education $864,972,042
Misc. Manufacturing and Distribution $817,604,041
Real Estate $800,207,803
Hospitals / Nursing Homes $796,730,357
Health Professionals $716,039,193
Securities and Investment $703,443,261
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Not only is the Pharmaceutical lobby the biggest spender in Washington but they keep spending more (so it must be working).

Pharmaceutical / Health Product Lobby Spending (by year)

Year Amount (We're Talking Millions)
1998 $69,218.254
1999 $85,544,372
2000 $91,728,442

2001

$100,227,597

2002 $118,521,798
2003 $128,452,535
2004 $143,354,740
2005 $166,472,225
2006 $186,732,382
2007 $226,521,954
2008 $237,066,569
2009 $263,377,975

 

In Washington DC Pharmaceutical Lobbyists outnumber members of Congress two to one.  For every congressman there are two professional pharma lobbyists either from one of the pharmaceutical trade groups or pharmaceutical manufacturer. 

 

 

 

 

 

The statistics shown on this page were compiled from the following:

The Center for Responsive Politics:  OpenSecrets.org
Public Integrity Website:  PublicIntegrity.org
 

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