Lobbyist


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Lobbyist

A person who attempts to influence legislation or policy, especially if he/she does so professionally. 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.
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There is no question that Republicans tried to do everything to destroy them," says a Democratic lobbyist who followed the issue.
It was a pattern the lobbyists would repeat over and over again--lobbying evangelicals so they would join efforts to block a proposed gambling expansion, when that block just happened to benefit an entrenched gambling interest.
More than any other consultant you may hire, the contract lobbyist is difficult to manage.
On that same day, the lobbyist for the right-to-work legislation was shot to death, gangland style, in a Capitol parking lot, as he tried to enter his automobile.
Heyman spent more than $7 million to hire a slew of lobbyists, including former Arizona Democratic Senator Dennis DeConcini and Scott Hatch, son of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee member Orrin Hatch, in what has been an unsuccessful legislative effort to limit the liability of former asbestos producers.
But as other governors have before him, Abbott's office is hearing appeals during this 20-day window from both lobbyists and the public, advising him to take certain action on their pet bills.
Before the new law, an individual was deemed not to be a lobbyist if he or she spent less than 50 hours lobbying, or received less than $5,000 in lobbying fees, during each six-month reporting period.
A policymaker is entitled to expect candid disclosure from the lobbyist, including accurate and reliable information about the identity of the client and the nature and implications of the issues, according to Woodstock Theological Center's Principles for the Ethical Conduct of Lobbying.
Hugo Black of Alabama led an investigation into lobbying that found one congressman had received 816 telegrams about a bill-all written and paid for by a single utility company lobbyist.
Discussion ranged from rules lobbyists have to follow, what makes a good lobbyist, how to find information about legislative and other issues, and how interested lawyers can build a government consulting, or lobbying, practice.
lobbyist group tabulated that for every $1 million its clients spent on its services, it delivered an average of $100 million in federal government benefits.