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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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MPs would then vote, in the division lobby, between the two candidates who come top of this poll.
Few expected so many to march through the division lobby in favour of a blanket prohibition, especially after the concerted effort of some MPs, including Tyne Bridge's David Clelland, to exclude private members' clubs from the rules.
Labour MPs dutifully trooped into the division lobby at Westminster to scupper a bid to suspend closures - just because it was a Tory idea.
Labour MPs of course duly followed orders from their whips, and strolled unsuspecting through the aye division lobby ( imposing fees they themselves had rejected for their own teenage constituents.
Gordon Brown was ordered home from Israel, Jack Straw was summoned back from Moscow and poor Ian McCartney was seen gingerly walking into the division lobby to support the PM a month after massive heart surgery.
Perhaps one of the reasons why Mr Blair was reported as looking "lonely as though he hadn't a friend in the world" when he walked through the division lobby to vote in favour of delaying a ban.
The 61-year-old chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party fell in the division lobby where MPs were voting on an opposition motion calling
But to act as if they are in the division lobby following a a three-line whip in a united attempt to oust Wilson is a blatant abuse of their Westminster powers.
He supplied the six buckets needed to catch water from a leak in the division lobby during Tuesday night's vote on Welsh devolution.
If you have had one too many, make sure you go through the right division lobby when you're voting.

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