So Damn Much Money: The Triumph of Lobbying and the Corrosion of American Government

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Random House LLC, 2010 - Political Science - 406 pages
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In So Damn Much Money, veteran Washington Post editor and correspondent Robert Kaiser gives a detailed account of how the boom in political lobbying since the 1970s has shaped American politics by empowering special interests, undermining effective legislation, and discouraging the country’s best citizens from serving in office. Kaiser traces this dramatic change in our political system through the colorful story of Gerald S. J. Cassidy, one of Washington’s most successful lobbyists. Superbly told, it’s an illuminating dissection of a political system badly in need of reform.
  

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An informative and distressing guide to the lobbying culture and its hidden control of our politics. “Washington, never immune from the fashions and enthusiasms of American society, absorbed and then ... Read full review

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This book gives a history of lobbying in Washington, DC, and a history of the firm that changed lobbying by mastering earmarks. The incestuous relationship between lobbyists and legislators, and the frequency with which legislators now become lobbyists, is atrocious. Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER
3
CHAPTER
16
CHAPTER
22
Looking Dnwn on the Capitol
25
The Art of SelfInvention
33
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36
A llshington That orked
48
A New Kind of Business
64
A Great Awakening I I 4
114
A Marriage Unravels 1 24
124
Would That Be Proper? 1 32
132
A Money Machine 1
152
Disaster Averted
165
Tricks of the Lobbying Trade
183
Acknowledgmerm 369
372
Index 387
386

Cnrrupr nr Correct?
82
Earmarks Become Routine
98

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About the author (2010)

ROBERT G. KAISER has been with The Washington Post since 1963. He has reported on the House and Senate; was a correspondent in Saigon and Moscow; served as national editor, then managing editor; and is now associate editor and senior correspondent. He has also written for Esquire, Foreign Affairs, and The New York Review of Books. His books include Russia: The People and the Power; So Damn Much Money; and, with Leonard Downie Jr., The News About the News. He has received an Overseas Press Club award and a National Press Club award, and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He has also been a commentator on NPR's All Things Considered. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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