Who Influences Our Government Most?
- Some food for thought: we all know that every industry has lobbyists
who are paid to influence our elected officials. Both individuals
and Political Action Groups (PACs) contribute money to election
campaigns, and only the most naive person thinks that politicians
don't pay back these donor groups with legislation that benefits
But do you know which industry gives the MOST money to our elected
officials to influence them? If you guessed "trial lawyers," give
yourself some applause.
In every election since 1990 (both Presidential and mid-term),
lawyers and law firms have been the #1 donor to political campaigns
out of 80 industries which are measured.
And the donations by lawyers are not exactly even-handed. Since
1990, the share of donations to Democrats has been a minimum of 69%
of the total giving (31% to Republicans). In 2002 it was even more
lopsided: 74% of the donations by lawyers went to Democrats.
To see the actual figures, and for more detailed information on who
donates money to political campaigns, go to:
The reason I post this information is not because of my political
leanings (I am an independent). My only concern is how government
affects the tort system. When we wonder sometimes why lawsuits seem
to run rampant in this country, and why government seems to look the
other way, perhaps this is part of the answer: that lawyers are, and
have been for a long time, the single largest contributor to election
campaigns, and that 69% to 74% of those contributions go to
Democrats, who are for the most part against any effort to limit