Government is your unwanted, incompetent business partner. The money you spend in government relations, lobbying, etc. is how you manage this partner.
California news story: More than 3,200 businesses, unions, and trade groups spent almost a quarter-billion dollars on lobbying and other payments to influence during the 2015 legislative session, according to new state filings.
The $232 million in payments to influence during the first nine months of 2015 is about $20 million more than what lobbyist employers reported paying during the first three quarters of 2011 and 2013, the first halves of the past two legislative sessions.