Financial services companies increased their spending to influence Congress during the first three months of the year, while also hiring well-connected lobbyists to press their case on new Wall Street regulations, federal records show.http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2010-04-22-lobbying_N.htm
Investment firm Goldman Sachs, charged with civil fraud last week, spent nearly $1.2 million on lobbying during 2010's first quarter, federal reports show — a nearly 72% increase from the same period in 2009.
Spending by Citigroup, meanwhile, topped $1.4 million, a 13.5% increase over the same period last year, according to an analysis by the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics.
They are not spending this money in support of legislation and legislators that will seriously restrict their money making activities.
Don't be fooled.