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Why is discussion of the Israel lobby so taboo in the United States?

The existence of a uniquely powerful Israel lobby in the United States is nearly indisputable. While other lobbies certainly exist, the unique power of the Israel lobby is its remarkable ability to ...
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Is it allowed to lobby for any state including state adversaries like China, Iran and Russia in the U.S.?

Earlier this year, Aipac was accused by other leading supporters of Israel of being “morally bankrupt” and of putting Israel’s interests ahead of American democracy after it launched a separate ...
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Is there a difference between lobbying in a supranational government like the EU as opposed to a national government like the U.S.?

Is there a difference between lobbying in a supranational government like the EU as opposed to a national government like the U.S.? I am guessing that lobbying for the EU is a lot less effective than ...
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How could the influence of lobbies be nullified in a capitalist society?

One of the defects of current capitalism is that it causes the concentration of power in a few actors who, at some point, decide to influence the politics of countries and organizations seeking their ...
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Were there lobbyists in the closed-door meeting the night before the floor vote electing the new US Speaker? To whom is Rep. Tim Burchett referring?

In CNN's October 25, 2023 GOP lawmaker says colleagues need to 'get off their butts and get to work (an apparently tired) US representative Tim Burchett discusses the closed door meeting that took ...
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Did the Semiconductor Industry Association criticize exports restriction to China before?

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-67141987 Nvidia has said in a filing that the new export restrictions will block sales of two high-end artificial intelligence chips it created for the Chinese ...
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What's the second most powerful pro-Israel lobbying group in the West after AIPAC?

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC /ˈeɪpæk/ AY-pak) is a lobbying group that advocates pro-Israel policies to the legislative and executive branches of the United States.[4] One of ...
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Are there countries where unions are banned from donating money or lobbying politicians?

In the US, unions are a major political donor and expend a lot of political capital on lobbying elected representatives. Are there countries where unions are banned from making any sort of donations ...
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Does political lobbying exist in North Korea?

Up until his death, Kim Jong Il maintained a strong national military-first political system that equated stability with military power. Kim Jong Un continues to carry on the militarized political ...
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Which democratic country has the strictest laws concerning political lobbying?

Second, lobbying in Singapore is restricted through the strict regulation of both political donations and election expenditure as well as limited campaigning time. This is to avoid what has happened ...
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What is the political stance of the Biden administration on the Right to Repair, and do its policies on it reflect that?

As an advocate for Right to Repair, I have been closely following the Right to Repair movement in the US. It seems to have reached a tipping point in America too, and more than 25 US states are ...
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Is the USA Democratic? [duplicate]

I know this sounds weird since the USA is always regarded as a democracy or a republic which means people but when I study how elections are conducted and the actual system, it doesn't sound like a ...
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What does a lobbyist offer a politician?

My understanding is that lobbyists meet with politicians, ideally face-to-face, and try to persuade them to vote this way or that way. Lobbying is regulated to prevent outright bribery, so a lobbyist ...
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Is the practice of lobbying in the United States as it exists today constitutional? [duplicate]

A core principle of The Declaration of Independence, Popular Sovereignty, is the idea that a government only exists to serve the will of the individuals it represents. I understand this to mean that ...
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Is it legal to publicly promise to make a donation in exchange for a politician voting a certain way?

As an example, let's say a new law is currently discussed in US Congress that would boost the production of widgets if passed. Acme corporation makes a lot of widgets and wants the law to succeed. ...
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Can Armenian Americans plausibly have a noticeable impact on the 2022 US midterm elections?

Turkish and Azerbaijani officials accused Pelosi of visiting Armenia and making statements there that would gather domestic support from the diaspora in view of the upcoming US elections. E.g. the MFA ...
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How and to what extent did lobbyists contribute to Trump/Pence's "next man and first woman" to the Moon? (via Artemis and Commercial Crew programs)

When I first saw the title to Ars Technica's May 16, 2022 Former NASA leaders praise Boeing’s willingness to risk commercial crew I thought it suggested that Boeing and it's troubled Boeing_Starliner ...
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What is a successful policy against lobbying in a democratic country?

The US government is drowning in lobbyist that undermine the democratic power of the people in favor of wealthy corporations/oligarchs. My question is: are there any significantly successful policies ...
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What is the contribution of weapons industry lobbying in current enmities and wars?

The Yemeni war has been very profitable for the weapons industry, costing Saudi Arabia 120 billion dollars. Currently the global military GDP is 1.5 trillion dollars, 1.75% of the world economy. It ...
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What are the differences between lobbying and bribery in the US?

I've heard some claims about "lobbyism is justified bribery", but I doubt if a modern country can legalize such mechanism. Finally, I've lacked arguments to describe the differences, and all ...
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Why has there been so much resistance from the government to enact a law to limit political contributions from donors in the U.S.?

Lawrence Lessig, a professor at Harvard Law School and author of Republic, Lost, suggested that the moneyed persuasive power of special interests has insinuated itself between the people and the ...
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Do Indian farmers have the equivalent of a political lobby?

There are many accusations going around about the recent laws regarding agriculture in India. In particular that these laws are heavily influenced by corporate interests. But it seems to me that, ...
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Why did Trump rescind his executive order that barred former White House employees from lobbying the government?

Just before leaving office, President Trump rescinded his 2017 executive order which limited lobbying by former government officials: In the final hours of his term, President Donald J. Trump ...
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Why does the fishing industry have such a powerful lobby in Europe?

Fishing has been the last issue blocking the ratification of the Brexit and is seemingly the primary reason why Iceland and Norway have refused to join the EU. But why is the fishing lobby so powerful?...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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, although ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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How can the influence of wealthy individuals on democratic processes be reduced?

This question is inspired by the discussion about lobbyism and free speech. There are two fundamental ideas in modern democracies that seem to contradict each other, while both being so fundamental ...
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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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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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