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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.


To work for or against the passage of legislation.Currently,the two strongest lobbies in the real estate industry are the National Association of REALTORS® and the American Bankers Association.They are squared off on opposite sites of legislation that would give financial institutions the right to offer real estate brokerage services.

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51) The White House, "Why We Bar Lobbyists from Agency Advisory Boards and Commissions," Blog Post, October 21, 2009, http://www.
Merritt said that system policy bars the hiring of outside lobbyists, not the use of full-time employees.
The Lobbying Act aims to improve transparency by making it a requirement for lobbyists to register their lobbying activities and 'to file monthly communication reports when they are meeting with certain types of Public Office Holders.
May 2001: Honourable Premier Klein directs Minister of Government Services the Honourable Dave Coutts to report on lobbyists registration systems with a recommendation on whether or not to proceed with one in Alberta;
So many questions, to which answers will have to be found in the new practice of lobbyists.
Even before McCain finished his news conference, uber-lobbyist Black made the rounds of television networks to defend McCain against charges that he has been tainted by his relationship with a lobbyist.
For example, in a column in The Washington Post, a Washington lobbyist spun a yarn that under the gift rules, a lobbyist was not allowed to give a Senate staffer an engagement ring unless the lobbyist first got permission from the Senator who employs the staffer, subject to review by the ethics committee.
The great cartoonist Herblock was forever drawing lobbyists with hefty girths, smoking cigars, and money bulging from their pockets.
It appears that presidential candidates are closely in tune with American public opinion when they decry the influence of lobbyists and vow to avoid taking lobbyist money.
There were 11,143 registered lobbyists in 2016, according to the (https://www.
Term limits diminish the power of lobbyists by diminishing the power of senior politicians, which is why both groups oppose term limits.