Should we start Taxing Lobbies?

Lobbyists don't promote democracy, and I cannot think of a single good thing that it has given us. Would there be any downside to taxing lobbies? I know it's rather unrealistic to have such a tax passed but would it be for good or for worse?

Update:

Guys, the tax would apply to unions too.... This isn't a partisan issue. And I'm just sayin, there are many companies that pay more in lobbies than they do in taxes.

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  • 8 years ago
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    Lobbyists.... hmmmm... One downside is that it would be unconstitutional to tax them.

    Don't promote democracy? Not a single good thing? Dare I say you have a very slanted view of lobbying. I, on the other hand, have a realistic view.

    1. Lobbying is a CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT (Amendment #1)

    2. What "good" or "bad" comes from lobbying depends upon whose ox is being gored.

    Now, please refer to the link below for a complete list of REGISTERED lobbyists of the US government. Just a brief glance down this list shows some fairly "NICE" lobby groups that should make libbies just CREAM with delight... such as (just taking ONE listing from each letter of the alphabet):

    AIDS Action Council

    Born Free USA

    Center for Science in the Public Interest

    Defenders of Wildlife

    Earth Island Institute

    Farm Animal Rights Movement

    Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD)

    Hispanas Organized for Political Equity

    International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

    Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

    The Keystone Center

    Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc.

    Marijuana Policy Project

    National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

    Ocean Conservancy

    People for the American Way

    Rainforest Action Network

    Socialist Labor Party of America

    Trust for Public Land

    Union of Concerned Scientists

    Violence Policy Center

    Workers World Party

    Zero Population Group see Population Connection

    Now... you tell me... do you want THESE organizations to be taxed or THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT to LOBBY Congress taken from them???

    <wyomugs steps off her soapbox... "I rest my case.">

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    Republican since before she was born… and PROUD of it.

  • 8 years ago

    comparing unions and lobbies is like comparing apples to oranges

    lobbies work for unions the same way they work for corporations

    and yes tax all lobbyist organizations 99 percent. that will get them to stop and any politician who votes against that will be seen as corrupt

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    We should just nationalize wall street and end the confusion as to where the government stands, already.

  • 8 years ago

    Unions also!

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