This reminds me of another article which we ran years ago about Apple. The article was also from Politico and basically amounted to a warning to the profitable company – “Throw some money to the lobbyists, or else.”
This article isn’t as heavy handed, indeed it may be a straight report, not a threat.
But that some of these newer, more innovative food companies are not “paying to play” clearly irks some within the Washington political class.
“There’s a disconnect between the marketplace and D.C. … In the marketplace, we’re everything,” said Hirshberg. “A lot of folks are still very uncomfortable with the fact that you have pay to play — you have to be a force.”
Gee, I wonder why they’d be uncomfortable?
We should really reward companies which don’t engage in crony capitalism with our business. Make it worth their while to stay out of the Washington muck and out of our pockets.
I’d love to see the day when a CEO explains that his or her company doesn’t game the crony system because he or she knows that the company will be punished by its clientele.