We see too much in DC is done to benefit big corporations who have the resources to influence politicans. The create a welfare for big corps while driving the little guy out of business and driving up cost for the individual citizen in the in form prices and taxes too. An example is the push for "immigration reform". Who's influencing the idiot Republicans to even be stupid enough to think of doing it, the very influential US Chamber of Commerce.
One word CORRUPTION, It stinks of corruption and big corporations and bankers have far too much influence over Government decisions and it's against the public interest. Prisons being full up by private prison companies is just wrong. What is moral about profiteering from people being incarcerated? What is moral about profiteering from people being sick and incapacitated like the private health care system does? All wrong.
Lobbying should be banned for various reasons, primarily I believe that lobbying is detrimental towards innovation and economic progress. For example, big corporations use lobbying as a method to ensure they succeed in markets and often overwhelm competition (which is beneficial for society), this blocks the growth of new entrepreneurs and small businesses, which in the long run has a negative impact on innovation and progress. This is due to the fact that since big corporations will have basically no competition, inefficiencies will be created in the market.
There is nothing more harmful to American democracy than lobbying. It essentially allows the super-rich to buy officials, and get them to take stances denying things like Global Warming and Evolution, and hurt the average citizen by allowing decreased regulation of pollution, and of course claiming that corporations are people. Of course, it probably never will be made illegal, because these lobbyists just spend more money to crush any opposition. This is why politicians don't fight against what is clearly bribery; they're either being paid themselves, or they fear million-dollar smear campaigns run by the lobbyists.
Lobbying is nothing more but politicians been paid off by corporations to have policies favored their way. Politicians have advisors to inform them about the policies and the negative&positive affects of them. You don't need a trip to the Bahamas by your "friends by Exxon" to tell you how the policy should go.
Separate Church and State
Let that which is of Caesar be of Caesar There is too may politicians getting religion
involved with policy. Not everyone is a Christian or a Jew some don't have any religion.
We don't need the religious types running the country. We would be like Iran and those
Countries where the religious fanatics run everything.
When someone say "lobbyist", I can't help but think of defense contractors buying war, pharmaceutical companies selling addictive drugs, and private for-profit prison owners buying a police state. If there is no money to be made, nobody will lobby for the issue. These pigs should all be put out of their misery for destroying our economy and ruing our country's morals.
Yes lobbyist should be banned. Every American has the right to vote. Most Americans want equal rights. If every man and women are equal then why can one man pay for his one opinion to be larger than MILLIONS of Americans. 1 opinion against MILLIONS of opinions , and who wins..... Not the people. This government started as for the people by the people, but people are greedy and want everything THEIR way even if it HURTS others. As an American I am ashamed of many things that our government does, as an American I am proud of the many things our country has overcame and the freedoms we have gained and as an American i want change I want us to be free from lobbyist who hold our country hostage and keep change from happening. I don't want to be ashamed of lobbyist, debt, Ect. For the rest of my life. So unlike many Americans who give up and stop voting I'll continue to use my voice by voting and I'll continue to write to my senators and representatives.
Allowing lobbying to support businesses and industries leads to a plutocratic type of government and decreases the value of the people's vote.
A representative is more likely to lean towards what a lobby group wants rather than what is good for the people when they are increasing given donations and increasingly visible on the congressional floor.
There is no need for any politician to have a company or wealthy person behind him or her. The only thing that lobbying does is allow people and their interests to gain power, based on how much money they are awarded by their constituents. This is unethical. Lobbying should be made illegal. If we had a House of Representatives that truly worked for the people, they wouldn't need corporate funding behind their campaigns. If a Representative stands for a particular cause, then people that believe in his or her cause will remain loyal - no matter how large or extravagant his / her campaign is.
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.