- a person who tries to influence legislation on behalf of a special interest; a member of a lobby.
Origin of lobbyist
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Examples from the Web for lobbyist
Lobbyist Lloyd Hand, a former aide to Lyndon Johnson, flitted from conversation to conversation.Kissy-Face The Nation: Washington’s Power Elite Smooch Bob Schieffer
November 18, 2014
The term “lobbyist” supposedly was coined during the well-corrupted (and well-soaked) presidency of Ulysses S. Grant.
I moved to Washington in 1988 with the folk etymology of lobbyist firmly in mind.
But first I went to Washington to talk to a lobbyist friend.
He was a lobbyist for the American Beverage Institute from 1999 through 2005, according to federal records.The Sleazy War on the Humane Society
Center for Public Integrity
August 18, 2014
It could not be that she would descend to the plane of a lobbyist!A Man of Two Countries
It was the haunt of the concession-monger; of the lobbyist; of the men who wanted something.A Tramp's Notebook
By the way, what do you think of my going there, and setting up as a lobbyist?Love in a Cloud
It pleases Mrs. Taine to be, in the world of art, a lobbyist.The Eyes of the World
Harold Bell Wright
No lobbyist had the faintest idea of "approaching" the old man in that way.In the Arena
- a person employed by a particular interest to lobby
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Word Origin and History for lobbyist
[A] strong lobbyist will permit himself to lose heavily at the poker-table, under the assumption that the great Congressman who wins the stake will look leniently upon the little appropriation he means to ask for. [George A. Townsend, "Events at the National Capital and the Campaign of 1876," Hartford, Conn., 1876]
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