For the first nine months of last year, the NRA spent just over $2 million on lobbying, the Center said.
Thus far, Walmart has tried to overcome such resistance with advertising, lobbying, the lure of jobs, and occasional threats.
Abramoff describes his lobbying career as an expression of his zeal to keep government “off the back” of private enterprise.
Mr Gardner said the Queen was not lobbying the government but was “merely voicing the views that many have”.
Hundreds of special interests soon buzzed round those dozens, pressing money into their hands, lobbying, cajoling, persuading.
This year the election of a president was likely to be accompanied by some lobbying.
There was no lobbying, and, in fact, it was not necessary for me to go to Albany at all.
It is the first step toward the disreputable form of lobbying.
The Southern city sent its lobbying delegation to the Capitol.
The Swiss adopted the referendum to save themselves from the lobbying and plutocratic character of their legislatures.
1530s, "cloister, covered walk," from Medieval Latin laubia, lobia "covered walk in a monastery," from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German louba "hall, roof;" see lodge (n.)). Meaning "large entrance hall in a public building" is from 1590s. Political sense of "those who seek to influence legislation" is attested by 1790s in American English, in reference to the custom of influence-seekers gathering in large entrance-halls outside legislative chambers.
"seek to influence legislation," 1826, American English, from lobby (n.). Related: Lobbied; lobbying.
A group whose members share certain goals and work to bring about the passage, modification, or defeat of laws that affect these goals. Lobbies (also called interest groups or pressure groups) can be long-standing (such as minority groups struggling to have their civil rights guaranteed) or ad hoc (such as a community threatened by proposed construction of a nuclear power plant). Lobbies may use grassroots methods, such as local rallies and campaigns, to build support for their cause and often employ professional lobbyists, who testify before congressional committees and approach policymakers in all government branches. Powerful lobbies, such as the AFL-CIO and the American Legion, with millions of members, have succeeded in establishing influence in Washington, D.C.