lobbyism

lobbyist

[lob-ee-ist]
noun
a person who tries to influence legislation on behalf of a special interest; a member of a lobby.

Origin:
1940–45; lobby + -ist

lobbyism, noun
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lobbyist (ˈlɒbɪɪst)
 
n
a person employed by a particular interest to lobby
 
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n

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lobbyist
1863, Amer.Eng., from lobby + -ist.
"[A] strong lobbyist will permit himself to lose heavily at the poker-table, under the assumption that the great Congressman who wins the stake will look leniently upon the little appropriation he means to ask for." [George A. Townsend, "Events at the National Capital and the Campaign of 1876," Hartford, Conn., 1876]
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