How Big Pharma Got Their Special DealFebruary 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.