The $787 billion stimulus package -- along with an ambitious new
federal budget, bank bailouts and the beginning of a regulatory
overhaul -- has succeeded in stimulating the economy along Washington's
avenue of influence. In the months since the November election, more
than 2,000 cities, companies and associations have hired lobbyists to
help them push their agendas on Capitol Hill and at the White House,
easily outpacing such numbers after the previous two elections,
according to disclosure records.
Nearly every industry and every corner of the country has an issue, especially with so much money at stake.