In today’s New York Law Journal is another in a never-ending series of stock articles about big business whining about trial lawyer influence in the legislature.
ALBANY – Bemoaning the clout of trial lawyers on New York government officials, a business-oriented group said yesterday that the lawyers spent nearly $20 million in the last six years to influence public policy.
The Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York reported that personal injury law firms and individual lawyers made $8.2 million in campaign contributions while the lawyers’ political action committees chipped in another $6.5 million between Jan. 1, 2006, and Nov. 26, 2012. Additionally, the lawyers’ groups spent $6.3 million on lobbying.
Really? How pathetic.
Shall we now tally up the amount spent by massive health care conglomerates? Insurance companies? Real estate and construction companies?
The answer, of course, is yes!
But I don’t have to really write a post about that, because I already did it earlier in March of this year: Trial Lawyer Lobbying in Albany (A lot or a little?)
It would be nice if the press, when faced with these silly press releases from big business, that parade as news, would actually try to do a little apples-to-apples comparison of political contributions. Because if they did so, they would see that the forces of the big business and the Fortune 500 swamp those of consumer groups.
This is one of the two graphics I used in my piece from March. Note that the lead contributor, the comically named Committee to Save New York, is a consortium of real estate developers. And also note that this is only lobbying money, and does not include campaign contributions from companies or political action committees: