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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.
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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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Lobbyist registration must include the following information provided under oath:
Statement signed by each principal or principal's representative stating that the lobbyist is authorized to represent the principal;
Routhier concluded by noting that in order to achieve the objectives of the Act, four conditions must be met: continued action by the Commissioner, compliance with the rules by lobbyists, involvement of public office holders, and citizen vigilance.
Sean Moore, the founder and principal of Advocacy School, told attendees that among lobbyists there is a much better community of informed interests since the early days of these laws; yet there are still big gaps of understanding (and especially nuance of understanding).
In what follows we model lobbying as a repeated game between these for-profit commercial lobbyists and policymakers.
"I can tell you that, if we thought at the time that (legislators) were creating a special rule just (limiting) contract lobbyists, we would have gone ballistic," he said.
That way, lobbyists can avoid giving the governor just one option - the nuclear one.
DeLeo took in about $47,775 in direct donations from hundreds of lobbyists last year, an average of about $165 per donation.
"What this Freedom of Information Act disclosure shows is that if meetings are taking place between government ministers and senior lobbyists in Wales, they aren't being registered in ministers' official diaries.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, there were 12,051 registered lobbyists in Washington in 2012, and they spent a total of $2.47 billion trying to get government officials to do their bidding.
According to Corporate Europe Observatory's findings, some enterprises do not accurately list the number of lobbyists they have - listing less - or the allocated budget.
federally registered lobbyists and executive branch employees