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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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In fact, the financial power of energy companies and defense companies far outweigh the firepower of the Israel lobby.
If you're looking for corporate clients, you want a traditional lobby look.
Delegate Shirley Nathan-Pulliam (Baltimore County-also a nurse) shared pending legislation with nurses at Lobby Day.
He explained that the lobby makes it difficult for those opposed to them to raise money for elections but make it easy for their political sympathizers to raise money.
Part VI-A Lobbying Expenditures by Electing Public Charities requires expenditures for grassroots and direct lobbying, with the limits stipulated in the Lobby Law.
The success of the pro-Israel lobby can also be the result of the general ignorance of the American public regarding Middle Eastern people and their legitimate aspirations.
org to get a preview of the Lobby Day Kit and to learn how to "localize and personalize" the issues to maximize the effectiveness of lobby day visits.
The popular media, sometimes innocently and sometimes not, aided the lobby in numerous ways.
And AIDS service providers must step up to the plate and lobby with their clients.
Thrown open to competition, the commission was won by Ricciotti with the surprising proposal to accept, rather than deny, the marks of history, by retaining the main part of the Nikolaisaal as a lobby to the new concert hall.
Many entrepreneurs do not understand the power of the lobby in its various forms.
She voluntarily recuses herself from any business with the Senate, which she strictly does not lobby.