Understanding Why Lobbyists Are An Essential Part Of The American Government

Posted on: 14 August 2019

Lobbyists are looked upon with mixed emotions. Some people find that the whole idea of lobbying for special interests a vile thing and that lobbyists should be banned from any house of government. Others feel that lobbyists are important to how laws are created and to how government works. The following breaks down the ways in which lobbyists influence government, and why they are a necessary part of the government. 

They Can Get Appointments to See Government Officials When No One Else Can

Constituents could be lined up in front of a government representative's office for weeks to see an official and never get in. A lobbyist can set up an appointment and see that same official within days of the appointment. They are backed by money to represent the interests of those with money, and many times, those with money are more likely to contribute to political campaigns. While an official may or may not accept political contributions from any one special interest party, the lobbyists can still use that as the way to get an appointment. Getting your foot in the official's door is the hardest part, and once someone gets in, they are free to discuss whatever matters most with the official (or with the official's assistant). 

Those That Influence the Lobbyists Influence the Politicians

Special interest groups, people with wealth, and yes, even constituents can influence a lobbyist. It just depends on what the subject at hand is, and how badly someone wants that subject to become part of the next bill or law. If you can get an appointment with a lobbyist, and he or she agrees with what you want the politicians to do, you might be able to influence the influencer, so to speak. In short, you would be indirectly influencing the politician who has the say on whether or not something becomes law, or at the very least, is written into a bill on which all the representatives under a governing body/house will vote. 

Without the Lobbyists, Government Officials Would Not Know Who Wants What to Become Law

Sadly, a lot of constituents do not write to their Congress members, they do not write to their Senators, nor to their Representatives in their House of Representatives for that matter. If more constituents took the time to write, call, or email their representatives, lobbyists might be out of a job. That is because lobbyists are there telling officials what people want, what kinds of laws they want, and without them, these government officials might make laws nobody wants. 

To learn more, contact a company like Capitol Advocates, LLC.