A Lobbying Free-for-All

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A Lobbying Free-for-All

Track the Thousands of Special Interests in New Transportation Bill

WASHINGTON - In its new investigation The Transportation Lobby, the Center for Public Integrity found that almost 1,800
special interest groups of all kinds are trying to influence Congress
as it races to pass a new transportation bill before October 1. The
Center found that these interest groups employed 2,100 lobbyists and
spent an estimated $45 million to lobby lawmakers on transportation in
the first half of 2009.

Now, you can read the second story in this series, "A Lobbying Free-For-All,"
which helps reveal why special Interests have trumped national
interests and who the new group of players are in this enormous
legislative undertaking.  

Search the interactive map
by lobbying firm or by client and track who's hired the lobbyists
nationwide - from cities, counties, and planning agencies to
universities, real estate firms, and construction companies.

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