The single best investment -- in terms of greatest return on invested dollars -- has been the lobbying efforts of the major banks and finance firms.
They spent $114.2 million dollars in contributions toward the 2008 election, according to the the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. The companies that have been awarded taxpayers' money from Congress's bailout bill spent $77 million on lobbying and $37 million on federal campaign contributions, the Center finds.
These firms political activities have yielded them $295.2 billion from Recapitalization, TARP and other assorted bailouts.
The return on investment: 258,449 percent.