The Big 3 spend hundreds of thousands of dollars every year on political lobbying designed to strengthen their monopolies.
The Big 3 spend hundreds of thousands of dollars every year on political lobbying designed to strengthen their monopolies. Each of them admits to the IRS that their huge expenditures were designed "to influence national, state, or local legislation, includ[ing] any attempt to influence public opinion on a legislative matter or referendum." Almost all of the money is spent "to influence a legislative body (direct lobbying)." As it turns out, most of these lobbying expenditures are made to solidify their existing monopoly positions and even generate new ones. In the past, they have even lobbied to maintain their unethical "guinea pig testing" policies, where test-takers are forced to participate in difficult research programs in the middle of their actual exams.
Direct lobbying is one of the ugliest features of American government. Time and again, it has allowed corporations to pay legislators and government officials for favors and preferential treatment. For the Big 3, the only difference is that they are a step ahead of the private sector; they are already government-endorsed monoplies whose customers are required (by universities, school districts, etc.) to purchase their products. They don't need to be influencing legislators with their monopoly earnings.
The Big 3 are engaged in precisely the kind of political manipulation America doesn't need, and to the tune of millions of dollars. They should be prohibited from further lobbying of any sort.