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  • Lobbyists provide a concentrated voice to the many who petition government

    Lobbyists represent mayors, nurses, policemen, subway conductors, hospitals, cultural institutions, parent groups, subway commuters, Wall Street brokers, mentally infirmed people, students, teachers, principals, government agencies and people of many other descriptions. Lobbyists perform a legitimate function, assisting people to petition government as is their constitutional right. Remember: everyone is special. Every interest is a special interest.

  • Lobbyists are a product of the 1st Amendment

    Lobbyists represent mayors, nurses, policemen, subway conductors, hospitals, cultural institutions, parent groups, subway commuters, Wall Street brokers, mentally infirmed people, students, teachers, principals, government agencies and people of many other descriptions. Lobbyists perform a legitimate function, assisting people to petition government as is their constitutional right. Remember: everyone is special. Every interest is a special interest.

  • Yes, but I don't necessarily agree with their existence

    The system of politics that we currently enjoy is rife with problems and loopholes. Lobbyists exist to help get the needs of various groups met by politicians. I don't like that these lobbyists are handsomely compensated for their efforts--that makes the playing field unfair in a way the constitution was supposed to fix. However, the fact that they can be paid by ANYONE helps to level that playing field when dealing with groups that have bought and paid for politicians during election season.

  • Yes they do, but...

    As much as I hate to admit it, lobbyists do bring particular interests to the attention of politicians. Politicians cannot be aware of all issues, someone has to recognize an issue and bring it to the attention of the politicians so they can create laws. The problem is that money becomes the grease for the wheels that put laws up for consideration, so different causes have unequal weight and politicians can become biased towards those lobbyists that are more powerful. The system becomes corrupt very easily.

  • Yes, lobbyists have huge political value.

    Without Lobbyists, special interest groups and corporations would not be able to influence laws and decisions in a manner that benefits themselves, The republican party is funded largely by such folks, making lobbyists essential for the two parties to exist. Most lobbyists are depicted to be evil as seen in "Thank you for smoking", but in reality a lobbyist is a much broader term for people that wish to influence politicians to agree with them on important issues. So they have financial and influential value, both of which are used for good and bad reasons.

  • No, lobbyists have no political value.

    The only value that lobbyists provide is to further corrupt the political system by allowing huge corporations to influence the government as if they were speaking for a large portion of the population. Lobbyists create an environment where only those with money can have political power. This takes the power of the vote away from the common people and puts it solely in the hands of large corporations, as the politicians that were elected by the people, for the people, are then bought and sold to the highest bidder.


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