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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.
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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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The Prime Minister asked why the previous governments had no investment plan for the electricity sale contracts, and blamed the unfavorable situation with the power prices on political lobbyists who secured the deals.
Across the city, concrete barriers and steel security fences restricted pedestrians as business leaders and political lobbyists made their way to one of nine official inaugural balls.
Unison is as a corrupting and invidious influence on public life in this country as are all the political lobbyists who swarm Westminster with petro-dollars in their pockets.
Instead it appeared alongside that of political lobbyists like Market Access Ltd - the firm which employed Derek Draper, who was at the centre of the cash-for-access scandal row.
Scottish political lobbyists are promising clients they will have even more clout in Holyrood than at Westminster.
If ever an industry pressure group needed the help of welonnected political lobbyists urgently then the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders is it.
Scotland's key political lobbyists are queuing up for seats in the new Scottish Parliament at a time when the industry is at the centre of controversy over its access to Government.