Regulate Me, Please!

[Peter Suderman] The earmark crusades of the last few years have made fairly clear how politicians use earmarks to reward friendly businesses. What tends to get less attention, however, is that regulation, especially environmental regulation, is often used in a similar fashion.  Perhaps not surprisingly, it looks like Hillary Clinton may be as guilty as anyone, and Tim Carney's got the goods.

(Bonus TAS angle: Reihan, always ahead of the curve, has noted the role this sort of regulatory gaming played in the War on Light Bulbs.)