PUBLIC OPINION, and how to curry it, is the lifeblood of the political machine in any capital, and nowhere more so than in Washington, D.C. Lobbyists can be described as political persuaders, trying to influence the public opinion as well as the opinions and actions of people in positions who make and carry out public policy. They are paid to do this by the interests that have a direct connection to the results that come from the making and carrying out of public policy.

In the United States, there are a dozen or so foundations that provide the lion's share of conservative funding. To name a few, the John M. Olin Foundation, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Scaife Family Foundations, and the Smith Richardson ...

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