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From the Center for Responsive Politics, a list of the corporations that spent the most money to lobby Congress.

In 2012, the median income of someone 25 years or older was $26,989 before taxes and basic costs of living such as rent, food, utilities, and clothing.

So even assuming that you manage to avoid taxes and purchase nothing, it would take you over 2,759 years to earn what the US Chamber of Commerce spent in 2013 on lobbying the people’s government.

All told, corporations and their associations spent $3,210,000,000 on lobbying in 2013. It would take over 118,937 years to accumulate this amount of money on a tax- and expenditure-free median income. To gain some additional perspective, note that our species, homo sapiens, first appeared about 100,000 years ago.

Lobbying Client Total
US Chamber of Commerce $74,470,000
National Assn of Realtors $38,584,580
Blue Cross/Blue Shield $22,510,280
Northrop Grumman $20,590,000
National Cable & Telecommunications Assn $19,870,000
American Hospital Assn $19,143,813
Comcast Corp $18,810,000
American Medical Assn $18,160,000
Pharmaceutical Rsrch & Mfrs of America $17,882,500
General Electric $16,130,000
AT&T Inc $15,935,000
Google Inc $15,800,000
Boeing Co $15,230,000
National Assn of Broadcasters $14,450,000
Lockheed Martin $14,436,226
Grocery Manufacturers Assn $14,300,000
United Technologies $13,900,373
Verizon Communications $13,703,000
Exxon Mobil $13,420,000
CVS/Caremark Corp $13,128,502

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