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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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Harriss , ruling the law only applied to paid lobbyists who met directly with members of Congress to discuss pending or proposed federal legislation.
But conversations between lobbyists and the governor's office shouldn't start once bills pass the House and Senate, the lobbyists say.
BOSTON -- There are a few things Beacon Hill lawmakers can depend on: endless public hearings, late-night budget debates and a steady stream of campaign dollars from registered lobbyists hoping to catch their ear.
Comply fully with all laws, regulations and rules applicable to the lobbyist.
The lobbyist is a middleman between a special interest and a legislator, and there's never a direct connection that can be made between the special interest's campaign contribution and the legislator's vote.
Inform the person(s) of applicable restrictions through the use of two sample templates that can be read or provided to the federally registered lobbyist.
But the limits haven't always been strictly enforced and Simmons said registered lobbyists Wayne Shaddix and Steve Mahaffey were reported to be on the floor of the Legislature.
In 2004, the Parliament of Canada Act was amended to separate the lobbyists registration function from the ethics regime and the conflict of interest counselling functions.
This time, the state court agreed with Vannatta, at least in part: The state can do nothing to prevent lobbyists from offering gifts to public officials.
A brief examination of the history of lobbyist registration legislation in Alberta shows that:
The work of a lobbyist in Brussels today seems to be well marked out: working upstream with the Commission, submitting amendments to the Parliament, making contacts with the permanent representations and national administrations in the Council.
Government watchdogs questioned this promise when William Lynn was brought on to serve as the Deputy Secretary of Defense, a former lobbyist for Raytheon.