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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: lobby

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.
See also: for, lobby
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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I mention this in order further to demystify the Lobby. Labour and Industrial Correspondents, along with many other groups of specialist correspondents such as defence, diplomatic or agricultural, operated under similar rules to those of the Lobby.
After previous Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia banned media personnel from the Parliament lobby in March 2017, the press had been restricted to a media room a floor below the lobby.
Lobby Meetings of the European Commission', Brussels, December 1, 2015, [Online] available at http://transparency.eu/ wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Lobby-Meetings-European-Commission.pdf, accessed on September 19, 2017.
The survey is based on several sources of lobby data and analyses 50 of the biggest UK financial services actors.
There are at least two points to which the conspiracy theorist convinced about their omnipotent Israel lobby argument should pay attention.
There are several approaches financial institutions can take to improve their lobby performance; and clearly defining the role of the lobby service representatives is the foundation for any enhancements.
If you have trouble filling vacancies or suffer from low leasing rates, evaluate the condition of your lobby. "A few years ago, you could afford for your lobby to appeal to a niche market.
Attentive nurses listen to Lobby Day information session.
"This lobby has made it almost impossible to talk in the open media about Israel and their foreign policies," said Mearsheimer, Political Science Professor at the University of Chicago.
But despite substantial financial muscle; despite well-placed physician leaders--former Senator Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, MD (D-Vt.), and despite the fact that practicing doctors who lobby curry considerable respect among politicians, Congress has been unable to deliver on issues that affect most of the family of medicine, such as simplest of medical liability reform, a $250,000 cap on noneconomic damages.
AHA sponsors an annual Lobby Day, when volunteers attempt to cover all congressional districts In a day or two, focusing on funding and similar activities while other volunteers address issues of importance within state legislatures.
We also urge you to sign up for the Grassroots Lobby Corps (see box at the end of Hill Bulletin).
It is commonly acknowledged that lobbies play a large role in shaping policy and that the pro-Israel lobby enjoys a near-monopoly on U.S.
Grant, whose habit was to drink brandy and smoke cigarettes while relaxing in the lobby of the Willard Hotel, where he was often approached by those seeking favors.
A nationally known grassroots productivity expert will lead a special general session on Sunday afternoon, March 13, during the Congressional City Conference to help rally the delegates to participate in City Lobby Day on Tuesday, March 15.