Questions tagged [lobbying]

Questions about the influence of non-government actors on government politics.

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Why is there no effective anti-gun lobby in the United States?

The National Rifle Association appears to be a very powerful lobby in the United States which seems to be very successful at preventing anti-gun legislation. Nevertheless, it would appear to be quite ...
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Why is lobbying not illegal in democracies?

Democracy is type of government formed by the people, of the people and for the people. The Lobbyist tries to influence the government, for the policies which are in favour of the interest group. ...
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Why does the U.S. tolerate foreign influence from Saudi Arabia and Israel on its domestic policies while not tolerating that from China or Russia?

Why does the U.S. tolerate foreign influence from Saudi Arabia and Israel on its domestic policies while not tolerating that from China or Russia? Is there a reason for this? AIPAC is known to be one ...
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How does lobbying work in the US?

I don't understand why would federal officials or congresspersons in the US succumb to lobbyists' requests unless they have skin in the game. How do lobbyists, I mean legal ones, persuade legislators ...
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Has Trump managed to implement any of his anti-corruption (lobbying reform) campaign proposals?

In a 2016 article, the BBC noted some (four) proposals of then-candidate Trump: Currently, anyone spending less than 20% of their time engaged in lobbying can call themselves an "adviser" ...
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Is there any possibility to have a democracy inherently discourage lobbying?

Can a democratic system be structured in a way that doesn't rely on ethics or brute-force, police-state-esque measures to disable lobbying? Is there a way to inherently make lobbying unattractive/...
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Why can't Uber 'out-lobby' city governments to make their services legal, rather than losing to existing taxi lobbies?

Uber's main problem is that city governments are deeply connected with existing taxi structures - sometimes it's a matter of straight corruption, sometimes it's a matter of lobbying and existing ...
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Why can't gun control legislation get passed?

I'm specifically referring to things like closing the gun show loophole and limiting access of those with mental illness to guns. It seems absurd that those representing guns, a consumer product, ...
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How can I figure out how much money a political lobbying group has given to my congressman?

I have seen some messages lately from my district representative that are essentially talking points of a political lobbying group. I would like to find out if and how much money he has received from ...
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Does Black Lives Matter have a hierarchy?

Recently, there has been a lot of news which discusses the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. Does BLM have a leader? What is the organization structure, and who directs the protests? I have been ...
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How does NRA spending compare to other major US lobbies?

How does NRA spending compare to other US lobbies? I often see the NRA portrayed as the most rich and powerful lobby in Washington, but I don't recall seeing any evidence to back this up.
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In the United States, what is the difference between a registered and unregistered lobbyist?

If a lobbyist in the US is simply an unelected person who advocates for legislation, what is the purpose in registering them? And with whom do they register? Are registered lobbyists given special ...
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How much have carbon-based industries invested in anti-climate-change lobbying in Australia?

There are reports that oil, coal and gas industries in America have invested more than half a billion dollars on lobbying against acting on climate change. In Australia there are more than 540 '...
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Why is paid lobbying considered a form of 'free speech'?

I've had discussions about making PAID lobbying illegal with a few people and the consensus I receive back is, "It's a form of free speech. They're protected by the first amendment" I don't ...
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How tightly can a 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) operate as the same organization?

For example, 350.org is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (according to its footer, bottom right) but signing up for its e-mail list or otherwise supporting it means a person would also wind up ...
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Why won't the U.S. government end all fuel subsidies?

https://www.nrdc.org/experts/danielle-droitsch/time-us-end-fossil-fuel-subsidies A new study, the G7 Fossil Fuel Subsidy Scorecard, measured the US against other G7 countries on each country’s ...
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What is the justification for allowing elected officials to accept money from corporations?

After reading this news article and this one I am perplexed. Admittedly, I'm no expert in politics. But in a free nation, where senators and representatives are elected to represent their ...
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Nuclear energy in Australia

Why is Australia not considering nuclear energy? Is the coal industry a key factor to nuclear energy not being considered?
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Why was the Lobbying Transparency and Accountability Act of 2006 deemed too weak?

In the Wikipedia article about lobbying in the U.S., I found this excerpt interesting: The Lobbying Transparency and Accountability Act of 2006 (H.R. 4975) legislation modified Senate rules, ...
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What are pharmaceutical companies lobbying for exactly?

I have been wondering what public policy or specific incentives pharmaceutical companies would even hold in lobbying for US elections... Top Spenders according to OpenSecrets ... According to this ...
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What is the role of “Unite the Union” in UK politics?

I am trying to understand what is the meaning and place of "Unite the Union" in the UK. I've seen few times in the press that it is a major donor to the Labour party. Could it be possible that Unite ...
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What are the exact mechanisms of such form of corruption as 'state capture'?

I can't understand one thing. How is it possible to have a decisive impact on the contents of the legislative regulations that provide a regulatory framework for economic activities if these ...
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Calling my representatives when I have out of state area code

Like this xkcd comic, my US cell phone number is where I was living in 2006 which is not in my current state of residence. When I call my elected officials I often wonder if my call is being given ...
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Is calling my representatives about an issue repeatedly an effective way to get their attention?

There are some issues I feel strongly about, so I have been calling my various representatives to share my thoughts with them. On some of these issues, I know that my representatives and I already ...
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Does the UK have anything resembling the US Foreign Agents Registration Act?

Does the UK have any laws (its own or EU-level) that require lobbying and propaganda paid by foreign sources to be disclosed as such? For example the US has the famous FARA (quoting Wikipedia's ...
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What advantages does a super PAC enjoy compared to other corporations/nonprofits, especially 501(c)(4)s?

Sorry if this has already been addressed: If I understand correctly, US corporations can make unlimited independent expenditures on US elections after Citizens United v. FEC. Again if I understand ...
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What are some solutions to minimize the effects of corporate lobbying without eliminating the right of lobbying?

What are some solutions to minimize the effects of corporate lobbying without eliminating the right of lobbying? We know that corporate lobbies have a disproportionate power relative to ordinary ...
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How to lobby for a specific change to military spending?

As someone who works professionally developing technology for military systems, I have become aware of a specific problem for which I think the US Congress should allocate more funding. This pertains ...
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What is “lobbying” and how does it get used in Canada to change government policy?

I have heard a lot of talk about lobbying and how it is used to change laws, but when I look it up online most explanations sound like they are intended for lawyers (or are in regards to the USA and ...
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The NRA is a major known U.S. lobbying group claiming to protect the second amendment. Do equivalent groups exist for other amendments?

Background In the United States, the NRA's first point in its mission statement talks about its insistence on the defense of the second amendment of the United States Constitution: To protect and ...
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At what point does lobbying, rent seeking, and bribing coincide and differ?

Are there samples where one is lobbying but not rent seeking, another is lobbying rent seeking and bribing, another is one but not the other two, and via versa?
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Why isn't the US a signatory of the Nagoya Protocol?

The Nagoya Protocol (2010; a supplement to the 1992 CBD convention) aims at the implementation of one of the three objectives of the CBD: the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the ...
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How many times did Robert Creamer visit Obama's White House?

How many times did Robert Creamer visit Obama's White House? The context of the question are two facts related to 2016 US Presidential election: That there is an ongoing scandal over Robert Creamer'...
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Why does the US allow other countries to lobby its government?

We know that some countries like Israel have lobbies in the US. Why does USA allow other countries to influence their policy? What is the reaction of US tax payers to the existance of such lobbies?
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Is there a theory, that states that there is more lobbying in higher regulated industries?

I have been reading a lot about empirical facts about lobbying and I though I read some hypothesis like "the more regulated an industry, the more lobbying occurs". Is someone able to help me with ...
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How do I find out which motorcycling group is legally active in North Carolina (NC)? To lobby for legalizing lane splitting

I have been riding in California and I have seen the benefits of lane splitting. I'm getting conflicting info online about the legality of lane splitting in NC. I want to get involved with the ...
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Do campaign contributions create a conflict of interest for politicians?

My understanding of politics in the US is that a large portion of campaign funds come from different lobbying groups and special interests. Does this create a conflict of interest for politicians ...
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In what way do revolving-doors result in conflicts of interest?

If a CEO of a major investment banking firm becomes Treasury Secretary or if a lobbyist for said company becomes Chief of Staff of the Treasury Secretary, in what way can this result in conflicts of ...
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Why are Japan and South Korea two topmost lobbyist in the USA?

Why are Japan and South Korea two topmost lobbyists in the USA? What do they mostly do lobbying about? I understand other countries' concerns, but what are the agendas of Japan and South Korea?
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Rights of foreign national to lobby congress members

Can someone who is living in the United States on a temporary work visa lobby the Congressman in their district to create or pass a bill in Congress? Would they have to become a registered foreign ...
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Why does “The Pechanga Coalition” have a voice in California Online Poker Politics?

So I've been trying to figure this out for weeks and I can't find the answer anywhere. No one brings this up, and maybe I'm just ignorant of how the political system works and it's perfectly normal ...
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What are the theoretical limits on freedom of information's positive effects? [closed]

Governments are very keen to keep a lot of their work secretive, which historically has encouraged scandals, bribing, pollution, human rights violations, lobbying etc. In what ways is information ...
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Do US lobbyists pay $45 million annually to keep cannabis illegal? [closed]

Basically, I want to know how accurate is this. Do lobbyists pay $45 million in US to keep ganja illegal?
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In what way do political parties gain with the pressure of lobbies and vice versa

For example, an electrical company pressuring the government to vote against a political proposal that should tax this very same company. In what way do political parties gain with the pressure of ...
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How do I find out specifics of lobbying efforts?

Is there any way that a normal citizen can find out the specifics of money spent on lobbying for or against specific topics, and what the net effects of the lobbying are?
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Is there any Indian lobbyist group in North America?

Is there any Indian lobbyist group like Israeli or Saudi lobby in North America in general and in the USA in particular?
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Is it legal for US non-government organizations to take funding from a foreign country and fund US candidates for office?

Can a private charity 501(c)(3) or (4) be banned in the US for laundering money from a foreign country if they can't prove they have a monetary firewall between it and its other legal entities and ...