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Lobbying

The business, act, or practice of attempting to influence legislation or policy. For example, a lobbyist may call a legislator and urge him/her to vote for a bill that, if passed, would favor the industry or interests of lobbyist's client. Lobbying can be a lucrative business. However, a variety of rules exist in many jurisdictions to guard against the possibility that it can degenerate into bribery.

lobbying

the process of bringing pressure to bear on governments to persuade them to adopt policies or allocate resources in ways that are favourable to special-interest groups, for example, farmers pressuring their agricultural ministers for higher agricultural support prices and environmental groups pressing for tougher pollution controls.
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While we touched on other NLC programs and services in our discussions, our report provides specific action steps that we believe must be taken in 2003 to achieve our goals and to ensure that NLC is in fact and in perception the premier lobbying organization for America's cities and towns.
This national Catholic social-justice lobbying organization distributes a 1996 Post Convention Election Chart summarizing the positions of presidential candidates on peace and justice issues.
based lobbying organization, says the council can play a significant role in creating much needed economic opportunities for everyone involved.
Jeff Brain, president of Valley Voters Organized Toward Empowerment, said his group plans to transform itself after the election into a good- government lobbying organization, and he predicted that rent control will be one of the issues it will support.
Perhaps the best example of the likelihood of success comes from the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, a pro-lottery lobbying organization seemingly oblivious to its own irony.
The Community Mortgage Lenders of America (CML America) is a new lobbying organization that focuses on protecting the interests of independent mortgage bankers.
If Burbank holds out that the deal is contingent on a curfew, don't cut the check,'' said Neil Bennett, regional vice president for the Air Transport Association, a lobbying organization for airlines.
But The New York Times also often quotes Michael Oppenheimer as an objective expert, though Oppenheimer is a full-time employee of the Environmental Defense Fund, a lobbying organization that benefits from greenhouse scares.
Unfortunately for NCPA, this forces policymakers to choose which source is accurate: America's foremost consumer research firm or a lobbying organization committed to higher pharmacy costs.
What we're hearing is certainly giving us cause for cautious optimism,'' said Greg Garcia, who monitors trade issues for the American Electronics Association, a lobbying organization for much of the technology industry.
The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste is a nonpartisan, nonprofit lobbying organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.
In that same time, the Democratic Party has received nothing from the company and Democratic candidates have received $49,900, according to Public Citizen, a public-interest lobbying organization.