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ASH SOC 320 Week 4 DQ 1 Lobbying NEW
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Lobbying. When we refer to lobbying in United States politics,
we are referring to the practice of organizations and
corporations with special interests hiring well-connected
professional advocates to influence legislation and policy
making, usually directly with decision-making bodies such as
the United States Congress.
For this discussion, read this article When Lobbyists Literally
Write the Bill and review the Center for Responsive Politics list
of top spenders on lobbying in 2015. Next, address the
Explain in greater detail what lobbying is and how it impacts
the policy process from problem identification to agenda
setting to policy implementation.
Critics argue that lobbyists have undue influence on the
political process in the United States. Explain their reasoning
behind this concern.
Do you think lobbying is a fair process and should be a part of
the American political process?
Select one of the organizations or corporations from the Center
for Responsive Politics list of top spenders on lobbying in 2015.
Why would this organization/corporation employ a lobbyist?
What is the benefit to the organization/corporation? Do you
think this process is controversial? Why or why not?