what does lobbying mean?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Lobbying is essentially trying to persuade someone to see things your way and/or get something accomplished.

    I personally, along with thousands of other parents, "lobbied" the TEA and the Texas Reps to get the TAKS testing changed and/or abolished. We finally succeeded.

    This happens in Washington D.C. all the time. Special interest groups lobby to get laws passed and money appropriated for different programs.

  • 1 decade ago

    First of all it means the public area of a legislative building. There, representatives of special interest groups will glad-hand elected officials with a view to passing legislation favourable to their enterprise. It is an activity so entrenched in governmental institutions that lobbyists are more likely to regale their targets in more luxurious settings than a mere lobby.

    Lobbying is a fascinating subject for political philosophers because on the one hand they are elected to represent the people - Lobbyists are "the people" too. But on the other hand, some (most?) of them are self-serving manipulators, the satisfaction of whom is verging on the edge of corruption for personal and/or political gain.

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