For a while I’ve maintained that regulations actually help big business at the expense of their smaller competitors. GE’s lobbying for the ban of the incandescent bulb is one example of this.
But a recent article in The Examiner of San Mateo County demonstrates how this works at the local level too:
As city attorney, Dennis Herrera has very publicly shut down illegally operating nightspots and strip clubs. Now, his mayoral campaign is flush with cash from the strip clubs that benefited from such enforcement.
Records released Monday show Herrera received seven $500 donations — for a total of $3,500 — from strip clubs throughout San Francisco, including Déjà Vu Showgirls, the Gold Club and the Market Street Cinema
So don’t buy the meme that government is being tough on business when they impose regulations — odds are the regulations are only tough on certain businesses.