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lobby against (someone or something)

To try to influence someone, especially an elected official or group of elected officials, against someone or something. A number of high-profile corporations have been lobbying against the supreme court nominee. We've been lobbying against legislation aimed at tightening voter access for the last half a century.
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lobby for (someone or something)

To try to influence someone, especially an elected official or group of elected officials, on behalf or in favor of someone or something. A number of high-profile corporations have been lobbying for a supreme court judge with a proven track record of pro-business decisions. We will continue to lobby for common-sense drug enforcement policies as long as people are still being imprisoned for unreasonable lengths of time for such minor infractions.
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lobby against something

to solicit support against something, such as a piece of legislation or a government regulation. We sent a lot of lawyers to the state capital to lobby against the bill, but it passed anyway. They lobbied against the tax increase.
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lobby for something

to solicit support for something among the members of a voting body, such as the Congress. Tom is always lobbying for some reform bill or other. The manufacturers lobbied for tax relief.
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Further research on the participation of the lobbied in federal lobbying is essential.
Daschle's wife: Lobbyist for Nation's Most Dangerous Airline," or "Majority leader's wife lobbied to make airlines less safe." Already the emails are circulating.
She has lobbied on health care reform, regulatory reform, reproductive choice and non-profit issues.
In fact, some of the lobbyists who are now busy "educating" Congress are the same ones who lobbied so effectively, and so destructively, in the early eighties.
I said, |Well, I don't know, I don't do anything I don't want to do.' And he said, |You've never lobbied me, I guess.' I said, |Excuse me?
And efforts by mutual life insurance companies to block a tax increase would have been set back were it public earlier that one of their lobbyists, Clifford Gibbons, had lobbied his own father, Rep.
While there was previously a general assumption that charitables would not lobby very much - the statutes were remarkably vague - the way "charitables" such as the Alliance for Justice lobbied against Bork's nomination irked conservatives enough to press for a formalization of rules.
"There is a lingering apprehension on the part of elected officials, without saying so, that you are wielding a club and could give them some hell," said Robert Brunner, chairman of the Radio-Television News Directors Association, which lobbied against the doctrine.
In many cases, a member of Congress, because of his influence, has brought defense plants or bases to his state, or he had lobbied to be on defense committees to help protect the defense economy on which so many of his constituents' jobs are based.