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Q: What is a Lobbyist and what do they do?
A: Professional lobbyists are people who attempt to influence government legislation, regulation, action, and/or policy on behalf of an individual or group who hires them. Lobbying is this act of attempting to influence the decisions of officials, most often legislators or members of regulatory agencies.
ProPublica Lobbying Database
Lobbyists are required to register with the House and the Senate when they lobby for a new client. And former members of Congress, former congressional staffers, and former high-level federal workers who now work as lobbyists—the so-called “revolving door” — are required to disclose their "covered" former positions. You can use this database to find out who's lobbying on whose behalf — and on what issues
OpenSecrets Influence and Lobbying
Nonpartisan, independent, and nonprofit, the Center for Responsive Politics is a research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy
National Institute on Money in Politics
The nonpartisan, nonprofit National Institute on Money in Politics promotes an accountable democracy by compiling comprehensive campaign-donor, lobbyist, and other information from government disclosure agencies nationwide and making it freely available
A nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that reveals the influence of money in politics, informs and empowers voters, and advances reforms that promote a more responsive democracy