- 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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- a person employed by a particular interest to lobby
Word Origin and History for lobbyism
[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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