Part of the reason that political lobbying should be discouraged is because it leads to politicians not doing what they really believe is right for it’s nation. For example, according to the BBC, in both the U.S.A. and Great Britain, many decisions made in the government are made as a direct result of lobbying (BBC). This will lead to politicians representing only the wealthy corporations and not the general public. Mississippi senator John Stennis and Robert Rich are against lobbying (Corruption; Corrupt). When asked what he believed the difference between bribery and political lobbying, Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, now a professor at the University of California at Berkeley answered with, “Frankly, I don’t see much difference. A bribe is a bribe. People authorized only to act in the public interest may not use their office for private gain. Period” (Corruption). All of this goes to show that political lobbying ends up making politicians do only what the corporations tell them to do, instead of representing the general public.
In the early days, lobbying was done by private citizens without having to pay. Today, only those entities with huge contributions, junkets, and gifts, can get into the halls of power. This legal bribery of our leaders is selling America's future to the highest bidder and needs to be stopped.
No, lobbying should not be prohibited in politics, because it is important for the companies that are involved in legislation to be able to tell Congressmen why they should vote a certain way on a bill. Those voting should be able to know how legislation will affect their constituents. Lobbyists are an important part of that dialogue.