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Lobbying as a Political Influence

How does lobbying work in government? What effects and causes are there? Please use examples and discuss in detail.

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We often hear of laws passed and policies made due to the lobbying of pressure groups. Lobbyists - individuals and groups who advocate for a cause or a position to move policymakers, politicians and agencies to act in a particular way or to take part in some form of activity or action perform 'lobbying'. According to the British Parliament (2014), "Lobbying is the practice of individuals and organisations trying to influence the opinions of MPs and Lords. Methods of lobbying vary and can range from sending letters, making presentations, providing briefing material to Members and organised rallies." MP's and Lords are the equivalent of Senators, Congressmen and elected officials in the US. This is the reason why commercial lobbying - organizations that push the agenda of their clients, often big businesses, "make big bucks to lobby members of Congress and government officials on the issues their clients care about" (Open Secrets, n.d.).

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