Congress and state legislatures pass laws handed to them by corporate entities and interest groups in exchange for money. Politicians rarely do the actual writing part of drafting legislation; their job is usually to fill in the blanks of a model piece of legislation.
USA Today and the Arizona Republic released a report examining this phenomenon on the state level. The report found that corporations and interest groups draft model bills, get them passed in one state, and then push politicians in other states to pass similar bills. Politicians will usually pass the similar bills because they are an easy way to advance their careers; most of the bill writing is already done and it gets their name on legislation. The report also found at minimum 1000 cases of copycat bills in the past eight years.
As one could imagine, most of these bills are for their own self-interest, often with deceiving titles and language, and at the expense of the constituents that lawmakers are supposed to represent. Two examples from the study include The Asbestos Transparency Act, which made it harder for victims to recoup money and the "HOPE Act" which made food stamps harder to get, in nine states. (USAT) An additional example I've had come up in my life is the requirements to open a car dealership. According to a guide making a dealership in Ohio, "You must have an office in the building that has at least 180 square feet. Your office must include, at minimum, a desk, three chairs, and one filing cabinet or similar furnishings to create an environment conducive to an office and facilitating the storage of records, all of which must be kept neat & orderly". Indiana's Secretary of State site of dealership requirements includes similar requirements such as an 100 square foot office, have vaguely specified office furniture, and overall be "reflective of functional use and operation of the license". Also, both states require that one have a lot capable of holding 10 vehicles. These similar car dealership laws are just one example of copycat bills serving the interests of a corporate entity or entire industry.
On the Federal level, there isn't a need for model bills, however corporate entities still manipulate our legal system to their advantage over the nation's. Inuit (the creators of Turbo Tax) and H&R Block have long been lobbying to keep the Internal Revenue Service from simplifying taxes. According to Pro Publica, Inuit spent $2 million and H&R Block spent $3 million lobbying for a bill that would prevent the IRS from offering simpler, prefilled forms to taxpayers of the nation. To put this in perspective, in my state at least, I paying taxes online is incredibly easy. You just log in and do it.
So the question remains: what do you do with this information? Very simple really; spread it. Americans know the word lobbying, they know corporate entities and special interest groups subvert our politics, but they don't know who's doing it, how, or why. That is the problem. Our government may be corrupt, but they keep lots of relevant information available to the public, to include campaign finance data on all levels of government.
The Federal Election Commission keeps detailed records in their fundraising section of the campaign finance data. Your state's secretary of state should have similar data, in regards to state level campaign finance. I've personally downloaded and played with some of mine for future education efforts. Your county and city/town should also have their own public data as well, though, I have found that they are less organized.
So I urge you, reader, go and learn which corporate entities, groups, and individuals work to disenfranchise you and your people. Identify them and act against them and their interests. Expose their motives to your kin. Boycott and act against these groups and businesses wherever you legally can. Free our nation and reclaim our republic.
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O'Dell, R., & Penzenstadler, N. (2019, June 19). You elected them to write new laws. They're letting corporations do it instead. Retrieved from https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/investigations/2019/04/03/abortion-gun-laws-stand-your-ground-model-bills-conservatives-liberal-corporate-influence-lobbyists/3162173002/.
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