A lobbyist is just someone who advocates on behalf of a group of people. Lobbyists are professionals who these groups of people hire to help them navigate the halls of power and influence government to effect decisions in their favor. Why is that a bad thing?
If a union is considering which candidate to support in an election is it unfair for them to ask the candidates for their stance on issues before supporting one of them? A union is a group of people who share a particular interest which may be impacted by the decisions politicians make.
Companies, corporations, industries, and ideological organizations (Greenpeace, NRA, Planned Parenthood, MADD, etc.) are just groups of people who share interests that may also be affected by political decisions. Why do these groups of people not have the right to
- Argue their viewpoint before the people making these decisions?
- Give vocal and material support to the people they prefer to make these decisions?
In my view, that’s free speech.