Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Exposes Just How Easily Lobbyists Manipulate Policymakers

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Exposes Just How Easily Lobbyists Manipulate Policymakers

  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used her Twitter feed on Monday to show voters how corporate lobbyists influence legislators.
  • The party was filled with music, wine and talking points from health care industry lobbyists who urged the staffers to fight Medicare for All proposals.
  • “This event wasn’t about fixing the health care system,” Wendell Potter, president of Business Initiative for Health Policy, told the Intercept.
  • Lobbyists ID bills they need to kill to keep profits high, come up w/ “Sensible” talking points to mask intent + say policy is “Misguided,” then schmooze policymakers in secret into accepting said talking points.
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez May 13, 2019 When I was looking at lobbying from the outside, just as a normal voting citizen, it appeared to me as more transactional in nature than it actually is.
  • It’s not necessarily that a lobbyist calls you and says “Vote/don’t vote for this bill or we won’t donate to you again…” /2.- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez May 13, 2019 It’s that bundle for elections, so you pick up their call,accept invites, become friends.
  • So while ppl don’t see how lobbying influences votes, their whole enviro + staff has been exposed to mainly 1 point of view: lobbyists’.