LOBBYISTS AND SPECIAL INTERESTS: A
During President Obama's term, the latest report came out stating in 2012, organized interest groups spent $3.5 billion annually lobbying the federal government. And in 2014 a study titled "Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens" found that rich individuals and business-controlled interest groups largely shape policy outcomes in the United States. So what steps will President Trump take to change this?
1/28/17: Following up on his campaign pledge to "drain the swamp" in Washington, Trump signed an executive action to institute a five-year lobbying ban for administration officials once they leave government, and put in place a lifetime ban on lobbying on behalf of a foreign government. It's about time a President has stood up against the lobbyist problem in Washington.
6/7/17: President Trump's Justice Department announced it will no longer allow prosecutors to strike settlement agreements with big companies directing them to make payouts to outside groups, ending an Obama-era practice that Republicans decried as a “slush fund” that padded the accounts of special interest groups.