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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.
See also: lobby

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.
See also: for, lobby
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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Implementation of lobbying regulations and clear procedures can contribute not only to a more effective and transparent administration and decision making process, but also empower people by giving them more control over the solutions to their problems, and thus limit corruption.
According to Tanase (2014), lobbying in Romania is about to leave childhood as there are long-established companies that professionally develop lobbying activities usually named counseling.
According to the latest lobbying disclosure report filed by BGR Government Affairs, which lobbies in the US on behalf of India, it was paid less than $5,000 (Dh18,364) as "income relating to lobbying activities" for the quarter ended September 30.
This included "all payments to the registrant (BGR) by any other entity for lobbying activities on behalf of the client [Republic of India]," as per the disclosure report dated October 20 filed with the US Senate and the US House of Representatives.
adopted meaningful lobbying regulation with the passage of the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA).
At last, the public would be able to see who was lobbying whom, on what issues, and with what resources.
It's hard to say if the effectiveness of this effort is due to Congress wanting to support the industry in an obvious time of turmoil, or if the remaining lobbying dollars are simply being well spent, but either way, energy investors should hope the political winds continue to be favorable.
Lobbying, then, was an action in which special interests endeavored to secure favors from those with political power.
Within the category of designated public office holders (DPOH) who are on the receiving end of lobbying, exempt staff make up a unique subcategory that includes all political staff appointed at the Minister's discretion in their office.
The companies are allowed to lobby for their cases in various departments and agencies in the US, but they are required to file their lobbying disclosure reports every quarter with the US Senate.
The American League of Lobbyists, a national organization for lobbyists and public policy professionals, updated its Code of Lobbying Ethics in 2010 to more thoroughly outline the guidelines and describe the standards for conduct.
It is imperative that those policies are not unduly influenced by large infusions of natural gas industry dollars in the guise of 'grassroots campaigns.' With the release of the most recent lobbying reports, it's clear that Chesapeake Energy is well on its way to a second year on the top 50 lobbying spenders list, having spent $958,490 lobbying since January 1, 2010."
Developers and real estate associations paid more than $11.5 million in lobbying expenses to law firms and consulting companies, with the Related Companies topping the list last year with $898,104 in payments for all its projects citywide, the analysis of data from the City Clerk Web site reveals.