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

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Vintage Books, 2010 - Political Science - 406 pages
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With a New Foreword

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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If you're anything of an idealist about the American system of government, this book might just break your heart. Not to say that our government is irretrievably flawed, but it's been significantly ... Read full review

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Over the last thirty years lobbying has become a $4 billion industry in Washington, DC. Focusing on the story of Gerald Cassidy, one of the most successful early players in the business, Kaiser looks ... Read full review

Contents

G H A pter
3
Looking Down on the Capitol
27
The Art of SelfInvention
33
A Washington That Worked
52
A New Kind of Business
64
Corrupt or Correct?
82
Earmarks Become Routine
98
A Great Awakening
115
Disorder in the House
204
Becoming a Conglomerate
217
Influencing Policy for Profit
226
Public Service Private Rewards
250
Radical Ends Radical Means
261
Cash Cow on the Potomac 2 74
290
Politics Then Government
302
Hard Times
319

A Marriage Unravels
124
Would That Be Proper?
132
A Money Machine
152
Disaster Averted
167
Tricks of the Lobbying Trade
183
The New Technology of Politics
197
A Corroded Culture
341
Epilogue
361
Acknowledgments
369
Notes
373
Index
387
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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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