If you want to know why US politicians seem to always rollover and support the preferred legislative agenda of the recording industry, perhaps it's because the RIAA has spent $90 million in lobbying in the US alone
since 2000 -- and the numbers have increased as the decade wore on. In 2000 the RIAA spent $4 million in lobbying, but by 2009, it spent $17.5 million. Of course, the spend has been somewhat in inverse correlation to the success of the major record labels. Considering how often we hear people assume that correlation of file sharing stats to record label revenue means file sharing is the cause of the labels problems, shouldn't they also claim that the more the RIAA spends on lobbying, the worse the labels do as well? Perhaps the answer for the record labels is to get the RIAA to stop lobbying.