by CHRISS W. STREET  25 Jul 2017 blog reported that spending by lobbyists through the May 16 disclosure period is plummeting from $3,148,541,860 in 2016 to just $1,865,987 in 2017.
Mark Twain famously wrote: “We have the best government that money can buy.” That seemed to be the case in the Obama presidency, as registered lobbyists set an all-time spending record for any president of $26.7 billion, averaging over $3.3 billion a year.