Here is a short edited transcript from the 2 minute video below of Donald Trump's interview with Anderson Cooper on CNN from July 22, 2015:
TRUMP: "The politicians are going to destroy this country. They're weak and they're ineffective and they're controlled by the lobbyists and special interests...They will do whatever I want ... I've had lobbyists and I've had some very good ones. They could do anything. They could take a politician and have them jump off this ledge. "
COOPER: "Can you actually change that culture of corruption?"
TRUMP: "Well, you can in the sense that the top person can't be bought [indicating himself] ... but these lobbyists totally control these politicians ... I see Bush [Jeb] with the lobbyists ... they're totally telling him what to do, like a little puppet. And the same with Hillary and everybody else. Now, when I'm in business, I'm part of that game ... these guys are desperate for money. I don't need it. I'm going to do what's right for the country."
In a recent speech, Hillary Clinton said: "Hugely successful companies that benefit from everything America has to offer should not be able to game the system and avoid paying their fair share — especially while companies who can’t afford high-price lawyers and lobbyists end up paying more."
Hillary Clinton’s campaign will accept political donations from lobbyists, but Politico reports: "Clinton is not expected to face off against any candidates who do not also accept donations from PACs and lobbyists."
I suppose they never heard of Senator Bernie Sanders — unless they consider labor unions "lobbyists". Whereas, Hillary relied on wealthy donors and lobbyists to pull together most of her money. And Hillary campaign not only used lobbyists as bundlers, but her campaign treasurer works for a lobbyist, though is not registered as a lobbyist.
TRUMP: "When I called them they always treated me well. And that's part of the game. And that's part of what's wrong with this country. Because as a businessman I could have gotten anything from anybody. And that is part of the problem. Lobbyists, donors, special interests ... I have given millions ... They won't necessarily do what's right for the country. They'll do what's right for their special interests, their donors, their lobbyists, et cetera. Not what's good for the country."
COOPER: "So, you weren't giving money based on political beliefs, but you are giving money based on currying favor like in many people do."
TRUMP: "People [politicians] love me. And you know what, I have been very successful. Everybody loves me."
CNN chief national correspondent John King joined Anderson Cooper for some analysis of Donald Trump:
COOPER: "Although, John, he is both critical of the game but also says essentially I was playing the game. He at least kind of points out the discrepancy there. I mean, that's a conflict.
KING: Well, he points out one of the things that everybody hates about politics. Because the average Joe out there thinks big business or big rich people or big donors get together and get the meetings with the senator, they get the meetings with the White House staff, they get access to the president and the average Joe doesn't. So he is saying that is just the game. But then he is conceding he plays it."
Proof that Donald Trump is right: 427 former members of Congress have already become lobbyists. And we might expect a few of these 13 Democrats in the Senate and these 28 Democrats in the House (who voted to fast-track the TPP trade deal that was written by lobbyists) to become lobbyists themselves when they leave office.
According to TIME, so far at least 40 people have donated to both Hillary Clinton and one of her GOP rivals — calling political favors friendships.
Here's another 2 minute video of House Speaker John Boehner actually admitting to being bribed by lobbyists. As Donald Trump says, "They will do whatever I want."