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How Big Pharma Got Their Special Deal

February 12, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

Our colleague Paul Blumenthal, blogging at Sunlight Foundation Blog, tells the story of how a President who ran for office on his rejection of insider-lobbyist culture in Washington ends up, within one year of taking office, striking a secret deal with a giant lobbying firm that ultimately contributes to the downfall of his signature policy priority.

It involves all of the plot elements you would expect, including:

  • The revolving door
  • Campaign contributions
  • An army of lobbyists
  • Closed door meetings
  • Special-interest advocacy
  • Private industry as the fourth branch of government

It’s a must read, so read it.

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