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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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Tony Blair's old mentor, the former Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine of Lairg, was one of 20 Labour peers to join the opposition in the division lobbies as the government crashed to a humiliating 130 vote defeat.
Nevertheless, it was Margaret Thatcher who dragooned English Tory MPs through the division lobbies, ensuring the Poll Tax was foisted on a hostile Scottish electorate.
Then, there will be an "I told you so" atmosphere among the 140 or so Labour MPs who have been prepared to defy the the Prime Minister in the division lobbies of the House of Commons.
Electronic voting would replace the age-old practice of MPs splitting into "ayes" and "nos" by walking through the division lobbies.
The Partnership's Government Relations Division lobbies at the local, state and federal levels on targeted issues that affect the region.
euro]e 50 rebel Tories marched through the division lobbies with us at the 10 o'clock vote but three Liberals failed to turn up.
International Development Secretary Justine Greening and Foreign Office Minister Mark Simmonds failed to return to the division lobbies for the second vote on military intervention in Syria last night a vote the Government lost by 13.
Last night in the Commons, the Government comfortably saw off the Conservative amendment by 311 votes to 248 - a majority of 63 - as just 29 Labour rebels joined the Tories in the division lobbies.

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