Every bad decision made by our Government can be traced back to some Lobbyist. It is Lobbyist and the special interest groups that they back that are ruining this once great country. If our we where to banned lobbyist from influencing our Government I expect great strides towards actual good change for our nation with in a single year.
The way I see it, if you have a cause that is just and right in your eyes, then you should bring it to the people, argue with the people who think otherwise, and make your point. If everyone agrees, then it will be supported. However, the usual way is to bribe politicians to vote a certain way. That's all lobbyists do: bribe. The government only supports the corporations and those that give them thousands upon thousands of dollars, in addition to other gifts. Democrat, Republican, doesn't matter. Money is what makes this country run, not the people.
The biggest example is Monsanto. When people look at their food, they see a label and go by it. They think "Oh, it says non-GMO or USDA organic, meaning it was passed by the FDA." However, with lobbying, Micheal Taylor was appointed from Monsanto to the FDA. This is a huge conflict of interest and how are we the people suppose to know if our food really is what is says it is. And because of people believe it, seize and power happens making GMO foods less expensive and healthy food harder to get. How do I live in a free country when it is so corrupt I have to jump through hoops in order to get expensive organic food that I do not even know if is labeled correctly because of lobbying controlling it. With lobbying, they go inside our government and go from there so the citizen's do not know about it. It is so corrupt and makes me believe we are not really as "free" as they say we are.
It ridiculous that big corporations have such an influence on all decisions that effect citizens everyday life.
When we vote, we vote for someone who represents the people, not big corporations, who decide to swings votes, depending on how much money and incentives they can push out to our corrupt leaders.
Ban lobbyist, incentives, and put term limits on senators. Thats how we fix this country.
Why do we tolerate lobbying when it's motive is solely based on changing or implementing laws that profit those who the lobbyists work for? It's insane! The person or corporation with the most money to invest in a politician wins! Is that how our Republic was founded? I think not! What ever happened to black and white, yes or no, good idea for the people or not? We have become a state in which it pays to incarcerate, police, and manipulate our people into a mindset of compliance or fear. Our Republic was at one time by the people, and for the people. Now it's become a cesspool of corruption with a facade of justice.
Lobbying by corporations whose only interest is to maximise profits should be banned. A total ban on lobbying is a silly idea, but a ban on lobbying that doesn't have the interest of the people as the primary motive should be banned. Lobbying should only serve one purpose, the service of the people, the job that the government is supposed to do. Lobbying purely to allow corporations to make more profit is not in the government's mandate and should be a criminal offence.
Companies don't have our best interests in mind at all. Money should not be allowed. There should be a gvt agency to look into corruption. They only have the bottom line in their mind. The proof is that there are many issues that have huge public support that never make it to law.
The government should be responsive to the people. Monetary incentives have no place in the lawmaking practice. The technology we have today should facilitate access to forums and the general transparency and availability of government. Instead our legislation is driven by corporate interests. Lobbying diminishes the power of my vote.
Lobbying in the Congress and other state legislatures could destroy America and its future. Corporations hired lobbyists to lobby in their favor. That's mean their interests is well represent in politics, but politicians ignored people's interests in favor of special interests. Lobbying could hurt poor and middle class people who work hard to make ends meet. Lobbying should be banned and politicians will respond more to people's interests. It is good for America
Bribes are illegal, so why not lobbying! Its really the same thing, right!? Is it really democracy when multinational corporations buy the politicians votes? They are supposed to be representatives for the people/voters, but it looks more like they represent big corporations and put money in their own pockets! America: The biggest country ever bought!
Big companies and corporations lobby or "bribe" politicians to vote in favor of laws and bills that profit them. Its simply buying politicians. It is destroying this country, and killing others in other countries. It should be stopped or limited immediately before we loose the grasp of our constitution and rights.
Our government has been bought and paid for how many times over? Why does medicine cost so much? Sure, lawsuits help drive up some costs, but don't let that smokescreen blind you. The biggest lobbyist group in America is big pharma. That can't be argued, it's fact. Second highest is Insurance. And I'm sure Big Oil is right up there as well.
Corporate lobbying results in business which is able to pay for its representation taking precedence over the public. Government is there to serve the public, and democracy exists so that the public have representation in government in the form of elected representatives. Corporate lobbying serves to disenfranchise the constituents of an electorate, thereby removing their voice as their elected government officials are now serving the interests of those who can afford to pay.
Not only does this undermine the very principle of a democratic government, but it increases the social division between rich and poor, as less is done to improve the capabilities of the poor to improve their opportunities to escape the cycle of poverty and social welfare. It also exacerbates social division by creating a moral disdain for governance. The vicious and overly personal nature of politics requires that individuals who wish to serve in government either have have spin doctors to cover up stupid behaviour in their younger days - requiring money; be perfect - which no one is; or be prepared to have past misbehaviours, even if of no bearing whatsoever dredged up and expensively manipulated by opposition.
The sheer showmanship that is required to compete for votes, undermines the ability of an individual interested in civic duty instead of wealth formation to enter the arena. Corporate lobbying eliminates the capability of an elected individual to have any adherence to civic duty as opposed to corporate interests.
The recent vote on defunding the NSA's Liberty & Privacy violating domestic email & phone spying program, is a perfect example of how "Lobbying Amounts to "Legal" Bribery!" http://www.Wired.Com/threatlevel/2013/07/money-nsa-vote Allowing private interests to directly influence (control) public policy, undermines the principles of Justice and a free Democratic Republic!
Everyone should have the right to pay someone to communicate their position on the issues. Just as we pay professionals to service our car, install our plumbing or do surgery on our bodies. However, it should be a crime for any person or entity (PAC, Corporation, etc.) to give a politician anything of value, as this amounts to legalized bribery! Those lobbyists and politicians who violate a law against paid lobbying, should be: removed from office, jailed at hard labor and forfeit their right to vote or hold office in the future!
Lobbying has contributed to more corruption in our government than any other sector of politics. Big money companies have gotten their way for too long, I thought this was a government by the people and for the people? Clearly our government is currently by big business and for big business.
It's a shame the big corporations and the wealthiest individuals are allowed to contribute to politicians in order to sway decisions in there favor. There should be no allowance of corporations to contribute to there political parties because this is only done to get what they want "legally". There should only be a max amount of 2,500.00 per person to be contributed to there party. There also needs to be regulations and investigations of where the money came from to stop those companies and individuals from donating in other people's names. Corruption and greed will be and is the downfall of America.
I think that if you are a viable politician, then it should not matter how much money you have as long as you have enough to effectively run a campaign. Instead of using the money for running negative ads, maybe give it back to the people or inject it into the economy where middle and lower class Americans can really use it. Not just in donations to a community, but maybe their very own employees at some of these mega-industry Once you see someone running for the intention of the people and not to get elected, it will speak volumes to the people.
I think that the mere concept of Lobbying should be changed. This government, although it claims to be a republic "of, by, and for the people", it's just as corrupt as our enemies. This government's officials are being BRIBED to serve as a bureaucracy "of, by, and for the 1%". I think that we should restore the original purpose of the First Amendment to giving a voice to THE PEOPLE not the corporate lobbyists. In the past, pundits and lobbyists would be nothing more than advisers, dealing knowledge and clout (not campaign cash). The people donating to our public servants should be ACTUAL PEOPLE.
A citizen cannot compete with the resources of big industry to influence political decisions. We are a country of, for, and by the corporations... Not the people. They're selling the environment, our food supply and our water supply down the river for the sake of a selfish elite.
And people have been so hoodwinked by PR professionals that they have no way to separate fact from fiction. Wake up, America!
Lobbying is legalized bribery and serves as an obstruction to progressive change. Representatives and Senators should be on Capitol Hill representing the wishes and will of the people, not selling their votes to the highest bidding mega-corporation, getting rich in the process. This is what happens when we allow former executives from these mega-corporations to head up the very federal organizations that are supposed to be regulating them (i.E former Monsanto VP, Michael Taylor running the FDA): A case of the fox watching over the hen house. Stop the insanity.
It's amazing that anyone who isn't a lobbyist or part of a special interest group could consider lobbying anything but a cancer that's ruining the nation. What are some things that have come from lobbyists getting what their pimps want? The bankruptcy reform act, the mortgage interest deduction that effectively inflates prices of homes, home buyer tax credits that inflated home prices far above what people were getting to purchase them, taxes levied by Internet-based companies in states around the nation that were pushed for by local retail groups with members that can't compete, the defeat of state initiatives that would hold contractors accountable if they knowingly hired illegals, etc. The problem with lobbying is that laws are enacted that benefit those who pay the most for them and the trash that pursue a career in bribing public officials don't care one whit about what's good for the governed -- they only care about what's good for their clients, thus skewing our representative system in a very dangerous way. We vote for people to represent us -- not groups that want favors from the government.
Yes, I believe that lobbying should be banned from politics. Decades ago, politicians weren't distracted with lobbyists, and could run clean campaigns with what little money they had in donations. These days, it takes, at the very least, tens of millions of dollars to compete for major public offices. The reason politics have become this way is because of lobbyists. Banning lobbyists may seem at first to hurt more than help, but in the end, the results will be better, more honest candidates, not candidates who promise the world to their base and then turn around and act in the best interests of lobbyists.
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) can dig up statistics on just about anything without the need for lobbyists. Governmental agencies should rely on statistics and facts for decision-making processes, not wining and dining from executives and CEOs. Any study produced by a lobbying group can be refuted by the opposite lobby in an unending causality loop. Congress can do its own research without lobbyists.
Because it keeps the balance between the interest of the members of Congress, who are not in accordance with their constituents all the time, and the public interest. In spite of having elected a representative to represent us in Congress we should not be disentitled of our constitutional right to petition our grievances.
The way it is done today with big corporations paying lobbying groups for enforcing/holding back a certain piece of legislation that would benefit/hurt them does not seem very democratic because this course of dealing disadvantages those folks who cannot afford to hire their own lobbyists. Also, they do not have the means to make big campaign contributions that would affect a representative's decision making.
But apart from the unfairness of it there is also the aspect of transparency. I think we as voters have the right to know where the campaign contributions of the candidates running for an office originate from. So that we can make a healthy decision about our vote based on what we know about the various interest groups that exert influence on the candidate we are planning to vote for.
The 1st amendment preserves our right to petition the government for a redress of grievances. This means that if there is something that I don't like, I can petition the government to change it. If I don't have time to petition the government myself, I pay someone else to do it. This is lobbying. For example, when you join the NRA you are paying them to lobby on your behalf. Also, not all lobbying is done by big oil companies. Ralph Nader, among others, lobbied for consumer protection, humanitarianism, and environmentalism.
Lobbying does a lot for the American people that they fail to realized, but it also does a lot to the detriment of our society. Lobbyists come from every industry, big businesses, medical research, and education. It is a way for these professions to be heard by the powers that be. Unfortunately, lobbyists for big business and national interest groups consistently abuse their position by offering millions and millions of dollars to both politicians and political campaigns. Every single dollar that goes into the coffers of a political campaign should be account for and traced back to where it came from and be made public knowledge. Don't want the American people knowing where your money came from? That, in and of itself shows that you are not working for the interest of the American people and you should not be allowed to run for a government position.
Lobbying itself can serve for many good purposes. The problem is that lobbying is used unethically by many people to secure interests only for them, which might be disadvantageous to others. Therefore, good regulation is needed for the lobbying to be practiced fairly. Banning is not a solution to deal with the problems caused by lobbying.
No, lobbying should not be banned from politics – but it does need to have some controls put in place and enforced. Lobbyists represent more than just big business - they represent corporations, the medical profession, teachers and professors among many other organizations. Because of the sheer size and complexity of government, lobbyists perform a vital service by educating both the government and the public about their particular organization and its interests. Lobbyists bring issues out in the open and mount campaigns. It is only when lobbyists overstep their ground by using lavish gifts to sway a decision that they become a bad thing.