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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.
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.
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.