Showing posts with label Lobbyists. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lobbyists. Show all posts

Oct 13, 2009

How Lobbyists Got Their Name

A lobbyist is a person who tries to influence legislation on behalf of a special interest.

One story states that the term originated at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC, where it was used by Ulysses S. Grant to describe the political wheelers and dealers frequenting the hotel's lobby in order to access him, because he was often found there, enjoying a cigar and brandy.

Here is the lobby data base to find out what is being spent by lobbyists on Washington politicians. You can check by various criteria or country. We do not condone bribes in the US, but lobbyists, well that's a different story.

Check here.


I don't take a dime of their [lobbyist] money, and when I am president, they won't find a job in my White House. Barack Obama