What Is a Lobbyist?
You hear the term all the time on television, but what is a lobbyist, and what does he or she do? How does a lobbyist influence the daily operation of the government? By understanding the role that lobbyists play in our lives, you’ll be better able to sort through what you hear from the media and learn about the issues we face each day.
In 2014, the top industries that employed lobbyists were pharmaceuticals/health products and business associations. These groups combined for nearly $300 million in spending on lobbying. The total amount spent in the United States on lobbying in 2014 was $1.62 billion.