Popular discussions of lobbying focus on quid pro quo transactions between legislators and lobbyists, with campaign contributions as the currency of choice. And if any company had the connections, incentives and willingness to engage in those transactions, it was Enron. But in Enron’s case at least, the company’s employees devoted far more attention to monitoring political events and formally participating in bureaucratic processes than to planning campaign contributions.
That’s from my latest post at Wonkblog, describing research (ungated) Lee Drutman and I undertook analyzing thousands of e-mails from the now-defunct Enron Corporation. More is here.