People who are good at lobbying are basically the same type of people who are good in politics and other fields where it is important to use your charm and knowledge in a social way in order to influence people. You'll need to be smart but smart in communicating to others too.
You will need to be persuasive because you'll be trying to talk someone into believing something or going with the cause at hand. You will need to like people and...people will need to like you. If you have a great vibe and good energy about you, that is a big plus as well. The same type of person who people like to listen to and be around are the ones that make the best lobbyists ever.
Lobbyists have had a bad reputation for being negative or bad people for decades. It seems to just be part of the territory. But, why is that? First off, lobbyig itself is publically percieved as being bad or negative, for the most part. It is associated with bribery although it is legal. Therefore, those who take part in it are seen as negative.
Another reason is that lobbying comes into the spotlight when there is a scandal. Other than that, you don't hear much about lobbyists. The media covers it and lobbyists get publically exposed for dirty deeds. Rarely do you hear a lot about good lobbying or at least it doesn't get the attention that the scandals do. Some lobbying is actually for good causes but you don't hear much about those.
The media isn't set up that way. Lobbying is thought of as being a dark deed and those who take part are not seen as positive, aboveboard people but rather people who live in the shadows, taking advantage of the loophole called lobbying. Thus, they are usually thought of as the bad guys.
The differnce between lobbying and bribery is the legality and ethics of them. Bribery is illegal. But, often times lobbying is too, it is just done in a legal way to get around it all. Lobbying can be just as crooked, in other words. It is offering large amounts of money in order to get one's way legally. Bribery is making a promise to give something, like money or a favor, to someone in return for their vote or support.
Lobbying is trying to sway a person through thoughts and ideas, trying to make them think the way one wants them to. But, lobbying can be done in an undercurrent way so that the person is really manipulated rather than being a free thinker. Bribery is always unethical and illegal. Both can be a big problem in government as you might imagine. Because outright bribery is illegal, many turn to lobbying.
Lobbying should not be legal. It is buying power and buying your way on something in return for a large contribution usually. It is not right to buy political favors. All should be voted on in a democratic government but that is far from the case when lobbying is in the picture. But, since lobbying is a way for big businesses and those with a lot of money to buy what they want within the government, they go for it, the legal way, rather than bribery.
But, in essence, it is the same thing. Should it be legal? No way! It is not the democratic way and people get things passed and influence government for their own selfish and greedy reasons so of course it should not be allowed.
The right to free speech is the first ammendment of the United States Constitution. That right basically gives lobbyists a free ticket because they can just say they are exercising their right to free speech. In some ways, that is true but when their free speech is used to manipulate and get their way within the government with laws and regulations for their own selfish reasons, that's not right.
Sometimes there are good and just causes they represent but more often than not, they have to do with greed and buying power through lobbying. This is where government basically turns corrupt because something that might should be illegal is allowed because of a loophole and that loophole is...the first ammendment.
Jack Abramoff is an American lobbyist. He is also a businessman, accomplished writer and movie producer. He was one of the main lobbyists that were under investigation for being corrupt. When it all came falling down, he was one of 21 people who either pleading guilty or were found guilty. He actually plead guilty as charged.
There were also three leading White House officials who fell along with him - J. Steven Griles and David Safavian and also U.S. Representative Bob Ney. The unraveling of the corruption took America by surprise although it was common knowledge that lobbying was underhanded. To see if out in the open was a bit shocking for some and proves that there is corruption in the act of lobbying at even the top level. .
Kim Jong Un, the head of North Korea, is planning to take a tour of the U.S.A., most probably in the month of May or June. He has never visited the U.S.A. and this will be his first trip.
Donald Trump has recently declared that American officials are communicating with DPRK officials for their meeting. Apparently, Kim Jong Un is afraid of flying and doesn’t have a private jet to fly to the U.S.A. Let’s hope that he reaches quickly.
It’s about time that they discuss denuclearisation of North Korea. It will be definitely interesting to see both the political leaders at the same venue. Both of them have distinct natures and ideologies. However, the final date has still not been decided. On a personal level, I am feeling totally high after hearing this news as it would be really great if a nuclear power like North Korea can surrender their weapons.
The term "lobbying" actually means to rally for a cause. Where the term originally came from is up for debate, however. Many believe that it originated within the walls of the historic Willard Hotel that is in Washington DC. The story dates all the way back to 1850 when a conversation that was off-the-record took place in a city that was notorious for private, sometimes even shady, dealings. It was within the lobby at the Willard Hotel where President Ulysses S. Grant used to visit.
There were groups that would unite for a cause and this coined the phrase because it all took place in a lobby. Some other people do not feel that is where the term originated and the fact that the scenario took place was just a happen so. Nontheless, it does make good sense.
The CIA is indeed responsible for instigating lobbying in other countries. In fact, they can be very sneaky about it in the way the go about it. They had more to do with the lobbying in Venezuela than they want to admit to and in many other countries to.
They had to do with the violent street protests and it was known that they were helping to temporarily overthrow because they have investments and interests there. It is not right because of the greed. There is a lot of power and a lot of politics behind it all and it is kep quiet, much like the mafia used to do. But there is not a whole lot that can be done about it. Big government has always ultimately ruled and probably always will, be it undercurrent or above board.
Npos and volunteers lobby the government but many think they cannot. While the IRS states that any non-profit organization that spends much of its money on lobbying will no longer qualify for being a non-profit, there are ways to legally get around that. Volunteers can lobby for them, for one thing. Also, legal representation has ruled that they can lobby.
Funds can be given in less that above board methods, ultimately resulting in the cause going forward. While it isn't exactly right or ethical, it happens. Yes, npos and volunteers lobby the government all the time and that's a fact and is exactly how they get what they want in government.