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There are 26 registered lobbyists for every elected representative on the Hill, with experts suggesting the true amount is closer to 100,000. Congressional researcher James D’Angelo argues that the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1970, which opened up politicians’ voting records, has only helped special interests and corporations. Watch more on teleSUR

Abby Martin

Abby Martin is the creator and director of "The Empire Files" on teleSUR English. Previously she hosted "Breaking the Set" on Russia Today. She founded the independent media site Media Roots and is a board member of Project Censored.

Follow her on Twitter @AbbyMartin.