What is a lobbyist?
Lobbying is a "protected activity" under the U.S. Constitution that guarantees rights to free speech, assembly, and petition to government.
Lobbying is a regulated industry. Lobbyists are typically very knowledgeable about the legislative process and know who the decision makers are relative to congressional staff and Members of Congress. Lobbyists assist in the preparation and presentation of information, arrange testimony for congressional hearings, and arrange and attend face-to-face meetings with congressional staff and/or Members of Congress or agency officials. The goal is a positive impact on decision makers so as to affect the process in Washington, D.C..In many cases, lobbyists serve as an "extension" of a congressional office staff. Given the hundreds of bills and amendments introduced during each legislative session, it's impossible for legislators to gauge the potential effects that each may have on affected groups or individuals. Lobbyists assist staff by communicating often complicated issues and by knowing how to break an issue down into relatively small and simple parts. The goal is to simplify the learning process of the Member and/or congressional staff person, yet provide them with accurate and timely information. In this regard, lobbyists perform a valuable service not only to their client but to the staff and Members of Congress as well.
A lobbyist's success is based totally on his or her reputation and credibility. Giving bad advice or incorrect information to Congress is quickly noted and long remembered. In the lobby world, you are given only one chance to make a mistake and lose the credibility that's necessary for success.
Experienced and successful lobbyists thoroughly understand the legislative process; they have the ability to strategically plan and ensure close follow-up that is of significant value to a client. The Washington process is not getting easier and competition has increased significantly in recent years. Time constraints are making it more and more difficult for congressional offices to follow issues on a timely basis. In addition, opportunities and challenges often occur with a minimum of time to respond. Ongoing, active representation in Washington is critical to effectively responding to these situations. The client that can help a congressional office respond quickly and properly work an issue can benefit both from more complete attention to an issue and stronger relationships with the involved congressional offices. In recent years, a strong pro-Zionist lobby has been lobbying Congress to pass pro-Zionist legislation and filling the pockets of elected representatives during election time which is detrimental to the well-being of White Americans and a definite conflict of interest. This type on alien un-American lobbying should be halted.