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US health lobbyists outnumbered members of Congress by eight to one in 2009

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1203 (Published 01 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1203

Lobbyists: Pro & Con

Lobbyists are a mixed blessing. They can inform and educate public officials,
but
they can also mislead and bribe public officials. How can the former be
promoted, but the latter prevented? The key to the relationship between
lobbyist
and public official is the public official’s integrity, the government’s oversight,
and the media’s investigative journalism, all of which are sadly in short supply,
because money has eclipsed morality. (1)


(1) Mann, H. A plague on both your houses (Romeo and Juliet)

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/eletters/340/feb18_1/c974#231738

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

03 March 2010
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA