What i the diffrance beetween lobbying and bribery?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Lobbying is a form of persuasion, usually entered into by a special interest group to promote their cause and their attempt to change laws, etc., which would be in their favour. The target of lobbiers is often a person who has substantial influence with the "powers-that-be" who, in turn, have the power to change the way things are done. For example, you can lobby against a law and try to get it repealed, or you can lobby to get a law passed in parliament or congress. It is legal, and there's nothing wrong with it as long as bribery does not enter into the attempt to persuade. As a lobbier, you have to do a lot of hard work to persuade the target to understand your point of view, embrace it as his own, and get him to work on your behalf.

    Bribery, on the other hand, is an illegal form of persuasion where, in the attempt to persuade, a special interest group or an ordinary person will offer the target an incentive to do what the briber wants. The incentive can take the form of money or anything else the target desires ... a new car, a vacation in a spot owned by the lobbier, or a job done by the lobbier to make the target's life more pleasant. It's like a carrot dangled in the face of a donkey. If the target does what the briber wants, he gets the "prize". If he doesn't, the "prize" is not forthcoming.

    Bribery is illegal from both angles. It is just as illegal to take a bribe as it is to offer one.

    Hope this helps.

    Source(s): I'm a paralegal instructor.
  • 1 decade ago

    Ask John McCain has accepted both during his long and questionable career.

    His defense is that he proposed campaign reform that past and took a way our first amendment rights.

    Don't you love the way our politicians take care of the little man to get re-elected

  • 1 decade ago

    Lobbyists get permits and licenses to try and influence legislatures and law makers. Bribers don't need a license or permit, they just need a lot of cash.

    Otherwise, there's no difference.

  • 1 decade ago


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