Laws exist in the United States that allow us to at least monitor the amounts and types of political contributions that are received by politicians. Unfortunately, few people (myself included) take the time to look at the magnitude of the issue. While there’s some talk about the issue in the lead-up to the 2008 Elections, at least John McCain seems to be profiting handsomely from his benefactors.
While a table or chart might be compelling enough, the McCainLobbyists.com web site provides an interactive guide to how much money the Republican candidate has received. You can read about he details from the site’s Welcome Page:
Welcome to McCainsLobbyists.com, a Web site we hope will become a resource for anyone — voter, reporter, blogger or activist — who wants to explore John McCain’s numerous connections to powerful Washington lobbyists and the complicated web that connects all of them together.
We decided to launch this site after seeing John McCain tout himself as a campaign reformer all while building a presidential campaign by relying on a who’s who of big money interests and lobbyists. These lobbyists have earned millions working on behalf of their clients, including Big Oil, brutal dictators, and other special interests. After sifting through the data, we’ve chosen 40 lobbyists we think best illustrate John McCain’s immersion in Washington’s pay-to-play culture.
The Internet has brought us unprecedented access to information such as federal spending, political bribes and conflicts of interest. Now there’s one major challenge left: To find someone who’s interested enough to read (and write) about them.