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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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It would be a conflict if (Rose & Kindel) lobbied on our behalf in Sacramento and then lobbied LAUSD for SAP.
a newly formed advocacy group promoting the concerns of women business enterprises in the building sector, lobbied Congress last week on behalf of its members.
Thus far, they have lobbied opposing the so-called "Clear Skies" bill that would gut the Clean Air Act, supporting the "527" Reform Act, opposing privatizing Social Security, and supporting the SAFE Act and the scheduled expiration of the more troubling provisions of the Patriot Act.
The Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 requires lobbyists at the Federal level, including Congress, the White House, and all agencies, to submit biannual reports describing the organization they lobbied for and the amount spent on lobbying activities.