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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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And every time, they swallow their principles and troop obediently through the division lobbies in support of Blair's chicanery.
That was among Mr Cook's chief concerns when he trooped through the division lobbies alongside 61 other Labour rebels, plus opposition MPs.
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.
That will make sure there's no repeat of the Westminster spectacle of MPs shuffling off into the division lobbies.
[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.
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.
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.
Glasgow Maryhill MP Maria Fyfe said: "Does the Prime Minister really want robots who just walk through division lobbies?"
The premier was said to have approached his MP outside the division lobbies and accused him of not behaving "honourably".
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."
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.

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