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There definitely are organizations that are counter. Brady is nearly as famous. The reason it's not as seemingly effective is due to the fact that - due to political structure of the United States - it is far more work to pass sweeping arms control legislation: any efforts that are pro-2d-amendment automatically have the "this is what Constitution says" ...


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The short cynical answer? There is money to be made selling Guns. There is no money to be made by not selling guns. Money is what lobbyists are all about.


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AIPAC is not a foreign influence. It is a United States organization run by US citizens. When you hear complaints about Russia and China, they tend to be about actions that are believed to involve the governments of those countries. For example, the claim is that the Russian government spear-phished John Podesta to get his emails. Or that a Chinese ...


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This is actually exactly what Uber does. The common Uber practice is for Uber to enter a city under circumstances that range from legal, to questionable, to clearly illegal. They will then rush in with lots of marketing and lobbying to sway both the general population and the local government and earn a foothold in the city. Once they have secured this they ...


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The problem you are running into is the conflation of "lobbying" and "special interests." Lobbying, at its most basic form, is attempting to influence a representative to vote a certain way. An election is really nothing more than a special case of lobbying - only instead of influencing a representative, you are attempting to influence all voters. A "...


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The question seems to assume that the only reason for business licensing and regulation by local governments is because of monopolistic cronyism. Many of the licensing requirements for taxi companies is for the benefit of the local citizens (many require that they act certain ways in procuring business at airports, that they offer services to certain areas, ...


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Currently, anyone spending less than 20% of their time engaged in lobbying can call themselves an "adviser" or "consultant". Trump says this a loophole that must be closed. I couldn't find anything on this specifically. 2.The Republican candidate wants a five-year ban preventing government officials who have recently departed the government from ...


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At the basic premise, sensible gun control legislation isn't going to last because one side is more invested than the other. Those supporting the right to keep and bear arms, and the associated protections enshrined in the Second Amendment, see efforts that would restrict their ability to freely exercise their rights as an attack on the same. The opposition, ...


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The simplest answer is there's no coherent anti-gun argument because the path to achieve what they want involves banning and confiscating all guns. Whenever we have a mass shooting in the US (which is what typically sparks these debates), the subject of gun control comes up. But the laws that inevitably come up would do little, if anything, to prevent mass ...


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limiting access of those with mental illness to guns. There is a worry that mental illness restrictions will be abused. For example, New York state has the SAFE Act, which is intended to catch people who are dangers to themselves or others. But in one example, the wrong person was put on the list. Apparently there were two people with similar names. ...


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Let's have a look at the text of the First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. emphasis added Notice there ...


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There is a fairly powerful anti-gun lobby in the US. It's managed to get hundreds of laws passed. When you get down to it, the NRA isn't really what stops most gun control measures from passing though. The NRA has only a few million members--but according to a recent Gallup poll, around 42% of American households own at least one firearm1. The NRA just the ...


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If you looking in the USA, the source of data would ultimately come from legally required campaign finance and financial disclosures filed with the FEC (Federal Elections Commission). FEC: Campaign Finance Data FEC: Campaign Finance Disclosure Search However, things get murkier with assorted PACS, "dark money" and third party "independent" expenditures. ...


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According to Politifact, the NRA's claim of a minor amount of money spent during the 2017 elections was minor (comparatively). But the graph they produce show a clear trend of them looking at elections as a two year cycle, and 2017 happened to be their off year. In 2016 they reportedly spent $55 million, when some sources claimed it could have been high as $...


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The problem with the lobbying is that people choose their representatives to represent the interests of the voters. Each voter has the same importance, when choosing the representative. But once the representative is chosen, he/she may be influences by some group, to make him/her treat the interests of that group with higher priority than the interests of ...


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There are different types of foreign influences. Lobbying through AIPAC or other groups as done by Israel and Saudi Arabia is legal, direct and somewhat transparent. Consequently, this is usually tolerated (although some people do have slight ethical concerns about the pratice). Influence through hacking, phishing, spying or other such methods is illegal, ...


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The answer(s) to a question like this are pretty obvious and not unique to the oil industry: It employs a lot people domestically; almost 900,000 directly, if the industry lobby can be believed. (I'm offering the industry figures here, because the official BLS data is extremely badly organized on this; the derrick operators or "rotary drill, oil and gas" ...


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I would propose that all lobbyist interactions with elected officials are treated as public communications. No closed doors - if the lobbyist wants to educate a lawmaker on a particular subject, the meeting must be open to the public and on-record. All materials provided to the official must also be made available to the public. This not only provides a ...


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Among the kinds of legislation that pharma companies lobby for are: Strong patents. Opposition to restrictions on their prices. Oppositions to products liability expansion and class actions. Reductions in FDA approval costs and time. Opposition to marijuana legalization. Support for increased Medicare/Medicaid/government programs that pays for drugs funding,...


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Yes, there is one way to do it. And, barring police state, only one reliable effective way, considering the fact that humans respond to incentives and cost/benefit ratios present a very powerful incentive. The way to do it is very simple: Lobbying is asking the government to use its power in a way beneficial to a specific individual/organization. The ...


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From the Internet Archive of the press release, which was issued by the Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause, Democracy 21, the League of Women Voters, Public Citizen, and U.S. PIR: (all emphasis mine) A majority of Senators, for example, voted against the establishment of an Office of Public Integrity for the Senate. The Office was proposed to address ...


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Roughly speaking, lobbying is when any non-politician tries to influence the opinion of politicians. Let's say you would like your favorite forest to be declared a national park. What would you do? You could write a letter to the responsible politicians and ask them to do this. This is a form of lobbying. However, as a Joe Average, it is unlikely that they ...


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I'm distilling your question down into this: ...I want to alert the right person in Congress to the need to fund the relevant research and do not know the best way to go about this. In keeping with SE's GS/BS requirement, these suggestions are based on my experiences as a legislative auditor and what I have seen in my legislature, as well as my ...


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PoloHoleSet's answer covers the federal level. Below that, individual states usually have their own organizations for tracking this data and making it available. They will often track this kind of data for publicly elected officials at the state level and below, such as counties and cities. An example is the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission....


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How isn't it? What do you think lobbying is? I go to a politician and tell them that I want such and such a policy. If they don't vote my way, I won't vote for them the next time they run. Maybe that's not lobbying in your mind. Perhaps you only want paid lobbying. So I own some stock. Those companies can pay lobbyists. Those lobbyists then ...


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This image is not hosted anywhere credible. This reverse image search will show that this image only appears on ministryofhemp and quora. Therefore, by default, there is no reason you should believe it (or any other claim that is not being made by a reputable source). Marijuana Lobbying Facts This page on OpenSecrets states that total lobbying dollars ...


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Israel is an ally to the U.S., and Saudi Arabia is the second largest exporter of oil to the U.S. and was defended by the U.S. during the Gulf War. Politically and ideologically, the governments of Russia and China are enemies to the United States. The Vietnam War and Cold War are still in many people's memories, and while there have been tensions between ...


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It's deemed too weak because it leaves the revolving door open from Congress to lobbying. As things stand, your career options after not getting elected are moving on, joining the executive branch of government in some form or shape, staying around as a lobbyist, or getting hired by one of your major donors for good services rendered. The two former aren't ...


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Some countries have a register of lobbyists, some do not and some have talked about it. Some suggest it to be compulsory, some it is optional. In the US people paid to lobby must register with the secretary of the Senate and the clerk of the House of Representatives within 45 days of contacting a legislator for the first time, or 45 days after being ...


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