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.
|US Chamber of Commerce||$74,470,000|
|National Assn of Realtors||$38,584,580|
|Blue Cross/Blue Shield||$22,510,280|
|National Cable & Telecommunications Assn||$19,870,000|
|American Hospital Assn||$19,143,813|
|American Medical Assn||$18,160,000|
|Pharmaceutical Rsrch & Mfrs of America||$17,882,500|
|National Assn of Broadcasters||$14,450,000|
|Grocery Manufacturers Assn||$14,300,000|