Lobbying, to most people, looks like bribery — the lobbyist who refuses to contribute to the reelection campaign isn’t going to get a meeting, much less an ally.
No member of congress wants to feel bought. What they want to feel is convinced. It’s the lobbyist’s job to make the members of congress ‘feel’ like they’re making the right decision, not just the decision they were paid to make.
Lobbying, persuasion, or interest representation is the act of attempting to influence the actions, policies, or decisions of officials in their daily life, most often legislators or members of regulatory agencies. Lobbying is done by many types of people, associations and organized groups, including individuals in the private sector, corporations, fellow legislators or government officials, or advocacy groups (interest groups). Lobbyists may be among a legislator’s constituencies, meaning a voter or bloc of voters within their electoral district, or not; they may engage in lobbying as a business, or not. Professional lobbyists are people whose business is trying to influence legislation, regulation, or other government decisions, actions, or policies on behalf of a group or individual who hires them. Individuals and nonprofit organizations can also lobby as an act of volunteering or as a small part of their normal job (for instance, a CEO meeting with a representative about a project important to their company, or an activist meeting with their legislator in an unpaid capacity). Governments often define and regulate organized group lobbying that has become influential.
More research below:
How Corporate Lobbyists Conquered American Democracy
Is Lobbying Good or Bad?
Transparency and the Lobby Problem
The Lobbying Problem and How We Can Fix It
Corporate Lobbying: Bad for Business, Bad for America
Influence & Lobbying
Lobbying: The Scourge of Good Government
What is shadow lobbying? How influence peddlers shape policy in the dark
The American lobbying industry is completely out of control
Lobbyists in America
5 Crazy Facts About Lobbyists – End corruption. Defend the Republic
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