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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.

lobby

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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How unlike Blair's Babes, who want to turn MPs into politically-correct social workers, too busy breast-feeding their babies in the division lobbies to worry about winning elections.
The House of Commons was so crowded for the 100%-elected debate that one MP said they were 'body-surfing' through the division lobbies.
On Monday night, Tony Blair voted for a ban, the first time he has gone through the division lobbies as Prime Minister on this issue.
They are too sick to make it upstairs and into the division lobbies - but, since they are technically `on the premises' and have signified their willingness to vote they can be counted.
But Wales is already demonstrating an alternative way forward, one driven by the market place rather than the division lobbies of Westminster.
Home Office Minister Lord Rooker warned opposition peers before they trooped into the division lobbies their changes would "taken together, as a group, if passed, wreck the Bill.
Next Wednesday it will weigh heavily as he leads Labour MPs through the division lobbies.
Shadow Welsh Secretary Nigel Evans urged all Welsh and Scottish MPs, whether for or against Foundation Hospitals, to stay away from the division lobbies tonight.
Of what they will be saying when they pass through the division lobbies shortly after 10 o'clock tonight.

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