Lobbying is a political process in any government. In the United States; it is when the government hires a person to speak on behalf of their views. In most instances, lobbying happens between a politician and an advocate. The advocate is used to bring out, the views of the politicians and the matter in question at the time. For a person to be pinned with the name lobbyist, they must have acquired money in the process of making a conversation and helping the politician. There are two types of lobbying there is the direct and the indirect lobbying (Nownes 67). Direct lobbying is used by the government officials on a national level while indirect lobbying is used on the local and state levels.
The reason why people use lobbyist in their work is for the sole reason that they do not understand the way the laws are made. For that reason, they have to find a way to go around all the law making process. Lobbying is done in Washington, and there are about 13,000 lobbyists in Washington. Lobbyist is important because they understand the law making process more than politicians do; therefore, they act as their advisors as they are good at being elected but not in decision making.
The lobbying process is messy, and that is why there was the enactment of the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act that is used to govern lobbyist as it requires them to be transparent and accountable. An example of lobbying was an Act introduced by lobbyists on the New Mothers Breastfeeding Promotion and Protection Act. This issue was noted down for the congress to ensure that they enacted a law that would allow women the right and freedom to breastfeed. Therefore, lobbying is proposing new legislation to the congress.
Nownes, Anthony J. Total Lobbying: What Lobbyists Want (and How They Try to Get It). New York, NY [etc.: Cambridge University Press, 2006. Print.