Examples of lobbying in government
An advocate hired to work on behalf of individuals and organizations in order to influence political decisions in their favor is considered a professional lobbyist. Who is a lobbyist? He or she must understand how the federal government works and how decisions are made, and be adept at cultivating relationships within government. Often, lobbyists are past government officials, policy experts, and attorneys.
Here are some direct lobby examples of successful action by Lobbyit:
Hired by a non-profit arts education group, Lobbyit was able to secure a House Resolution that established a ceremonial week in the organization’s honor, a Senate Proclamation, and a statement read into the Congressional Record, with the goal of gaining a higher profile. Results were achieved after just 4 months of lobbying effort.
An internationally known automotive firm was served by a Congressional education campaign that resulted in heading off numerous harmful initiatives. Lobbyit efforts also led to multiple visits to the company site by members of Congress and drafting of regulatory comments, all serving to protect the company’s interests.
Lobbying firms and international policy
International companies and foreign governments can obtain lobbying services to influence legislation in the U.S., and to work toward favorable regulations. Lobbyists contracted by foreign companies or organizations must register with the Department of Justice within ten days of their hire, and before performing any services. They are required to keep accounts, label informational materials with the name of the foreign principal, provide copies of their registration, materials, and income and expenditures to the Attorney General, as well as to any Congressional committees when testifying.2