The Shadow Lobbying Complex

02/21/2014 12:07 pm ET | Updated Feb 21, 2014
  • The Nation
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On paper, the lobbying industry is quickly disappearing. In January, records indicated that for a third straight year, overall spending on lobbying decreased. Lobbyists themselves continue to deregister. In 2013, the number of registered lobbyists dipped to 12,281, the lowest number on file since 2002.

But experts say that lobbying isn’t dying; instead, it’s simply going underground.

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