Drugs and Deals: Lobbyists in Healthcare

The healthcare industry spent more than $189 million on lobbying the federal government in 2007, up more than 32% from the year before. Over the past decade pharmaceutical interests alone have spent more than $1 billion on federal lobbying. We take a look at the sway healthcare lobbyist have over Congressional legislation, and what that might mean for the proposals of both Obama and McCain. Chris Frates is Lobbying Reporter for Politico; Bill Buzenberg is Executive Director of the Center for Public Integrity.