Would you lobby on behalf of a bloodthirsty dictatorship? Some of DC's most prominent lobby firms wouldn't blink. Prepare to be appalled at the utterly amoral practises of DC's lobbying world as the author exposes Washington's underbelly.
Occidental -- an oil company trying to drill on tribal land in Colombia -- has close allies in Washington, include Vice President Al Gore, who has been forging a suspiciously tight bond with the corporation for years.
Corporations have moved beyond merely setting up bogus "grassroots" organizations to back their legislative goals. Now they're establishing their own "watchdog" groups. Recently, the political research organization, Contributions Watch, was paid by Philip Morris to produce a study revealing that trial lawyers were major political campaign contributers. The study was used to promote "tort reform" -- a code phrase for the campaign to shield corporations from product liability lawsuits stemming from their manufacture of potentially unsafe products.