Only 33 Lobbyists
Yesterday, on Lawrence Lessig's Blog
, Howard Dean (guest blogging) wrote:
There are now 33 lobbyists for every member of congress. How do we change that?
But, the problem is the number of lobbyists is too low. James Madison wrote in Federalist #10
"Extend the sphere and you take in a greater variety of parties and interests; you make it less probable that a majority of the whole will have a common motive to invade the rights of other citizens...."
And Howard Dean is doing that better than any candidate has in recent memory. Since I started volunteering for Dean I've joined many "factions" (MoveOn, DNC, Lambda, and many others). By adding your voice (and money) to the causes you support, you are taking power away from those 33 lobbyists.