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#NowThis #WorldNews: [ VIDEO ] What Is Lobbying and Can It Be Good?

#NowThis #WorldNews: [ VIDEO ] What Is Lobbying and Can It Be Good?

A citizen’s right to lobby plays a tremendous role in politics. Yet today lobbying is big business known to have a revolving door with Congress. What is lobbying really about, and can it be fundamentally good?

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  1. lobbying is a nice name for "institutionalized corruption".

  2. LunarX says:

    Seeing as how we're a democracy, let's change things! Oh, wait, we're not a democracy.

  3. adeQuate says:

    what is the difference b/w lobbying and protesting?

  4. Reduce lobby funding for controversal companies. Tobacco, oil, alcohol…

  5. The way I look at it, you have to have a degree to appreciate the subject off a lobby. It is often not political as it is a consumer necessity. To appreciatee it, you need a university expert, at least to discuss its merits.

  6. and trump already ban lobbying for 5 years…

  7. Levis. H says:

    lobbying = corruption = legalized bribery

  8. NOBEL DJ says:

    we could just make it illegal for politicans from becoming lobbiyists

  9. Bruce Dye says:

    In Europe they just call it corruption

  10. They're just small wheels in the machine. Not the machine. You support the machine of common people. Laws should be made to ensure this.

  11. Lobbyists should change. They should be more like responsible advisors and tudors for the system to be evolving in a good way. There should be handlers to these people and all of it must be open ended. Period.

  12. Lobby should be against the law

  13. alex says:

    If they support Democratic party there's no problem,but when they support the Republican party the world goes mad!!!

  14. Lobbying should be treason. The people voted for their representitives, private sector and corporate people are bribing them to do thigs they want and ignore the consituants (for example 75% of people want Minimum wage increases….and congress on behalf of their doners- ignore them for campaign cash). You can dress it up in fancy terms in responses to me if you want, you shills who support it,but its just legal bribery at the core.

  15. J. Muller says:

    They take money from point a to point b  and it's good if you are point b

  16. Saintsinnz says:

    Weird out once you are a politician kick backs or bribes are described as "donation" …it's not a donation if your ultimately looking for favour, your buying good will. A donation is a charitable payment for which you receive nothing in return.. maybe just some happy feelings if it's a charity or summit

  17. Saintsinnz says:

    I guess you effectively can buy votes.. in donations or favours

  18. chris soto says:

    I afraid that lobbyists just aren't worth it anymore.

  19. eli ng says:

    ahhh matt lieberman
    the good old days

  20. Tulsatom Bob says:

    The Private Prisons for Profit write their own bills and pay off Political Whores to push it thru Congress. It's bribery and represents no one but greedy Corporations and Crooked Politicians.
    These PPP's have caused all kinds of problems and death to inmates who are kept in prisons to meet a quota and increase profits for their shareholders at the expense of 1,000's of prisoners that shouldn't even be in prison or have reduced sentences.
    It's a scam and a tragedy.

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