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Read the latest commentary, blog posts, and editorials on crony capitalism. Discover the causes and consequences of crony capitalism, and what can be done to remedy it.


Cronyism, also known as corporatism, weakens the free market by using government influence to favor certain businesses over others. Lobbying, subsidies, tax breaks, regulations, and legislation are all tools used by corporations and government agencies to give unfair advantages to certain businesses while harming their rivals.

Corporate Lobbying

K Street corporate clients employ lobbying firms to influence lawmakers and regulators to create favorable conditions for their companies and shut out those with no political influence. If anyone is serious about "draining the swamp" that is Washington, these crony arrangements will have to go.

Farm Subsidies

The U.S. government spends tens of billions of dollars every year on farm subsidies, pushing the price of subsidized crops below what they would be otherwise, flooding the market, and harming potential trade partners who would otherwise be able to sell to the American market.