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The Amazing ROI of Corporate Lobbying

THE AMAZING ROI (RETURN ON INVESTMENT)
OF CORPORATE LOBBYING

Compare the expected return for every dollar spent lobbying blows any ordinary Investment strategy out of the water; even a blue
chip stock. It’s no wonder $3.5 billion were spent lobbying in 2010.

An Ordinary American
Invests in one
BLUE CHIP STOCK

ROI: 11%
If you Invested in DOW Jones
Industrial Average companies in 2010, you would have earned an average of 11 cents for every dollar invested.

$1 -----> $1.11

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Big Fossil
Lobbies for
OIL SUBSIDIES

ROI: 5,900%
The oil, gas and coal Industry
heavily lobbies Washington.
During the 111th Congress
they gave $347 million in
campaign contributions. The
same Congress approved over
$20 billion in subsidies to the
fossil fuel industry

For every dollar spent on
lobbying, $59 were received
in subsidies. That’s an ROI of
5,900%.

$1 -------- > $59
$347 M ---------> $20,489 M


Multinationals
Lobby for a corporate
TAX BREAK

ROl:
22,000%

In 2004, 93 US corporations
lobbied for a temporary tax
break to bring their offshore
profits back to US banks. They
argued that the money saved
would be spent on creating jobs.

The companies spent $283
million lobbying for the measure, which passed. Because
of it, they paid $63 billion
less in taxes. That’s an PCI of
22,000%.

(The companies only spent
9% of their savings on new
jobs.)


$1 ------------> $220
$283 M ----------> $57,000 M


Big Pharma
Lobbies to keep
DRUG PRICES HIGH

ROl:
77,500%

President Bush created our
federal prescription drug
program for seniors in 2003.
The pharmaceutical industry
spent $116 million lobbying to
bar Medicare from bargaining
for competitive drug prices.

If Medicare could negotiate
drug prices, It would save
approximately $90 billion a
year for prescriptions. That’s
a 77,500% ROI for the drug
companies.

$1 -------> $775
$116 M ----------> $90,000 M

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