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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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The disclosure has changed the relationship between the client and the lobbyists," she said.
In recent years, he has emerged as a crucial bridge builder between lobbyists and Senate Democrats.
Lobbyists are a pervasive force in Washington responsible for the daily workings of government and politics.
By getting smart with data, coordinating with lobbyists, reaching out to the public, and considering the good of communities.
Lobbyists were required to file quarterly reports on funds received or spent.
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.
PJB Publications (London) has begun the production of Healthcare Lobbyist, a monthly newsletter with an daily, online news/e-mail alert service.
The association would probably consider hiring different lobbyists to maintain access to various players (e.
The politicians could not speak against term limits without exposing their clear conflict of interest and personal motives, as well as jeopardizing the potential outcome of their next election, so lobbyists spoke, campaigned, and fought on their behalf.
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.
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.
Given the many legislative issues currently impacting Hollywood, the City is seeking experienced, ethical, professional Lobbyists to encourage responsive and responsible decision making with emphasis at the state and local level.