Safire’s “Safire’s New Political Dictionary”
defines “lobby” “as a verb, to attempt, as a private
citizen or group, to influence governmental decisions and particularly
legislative votes; as a noun, a group organized for this purpose.”
There are several accounts of the origin of the term. According to
one in Safire’s dictionary, the large anteroom near the English
House of Commons became known in the mid-seventeenth century as the
lobby. It was a public room where Members of Parliament could be approached
by special pleaders. In the early nineteenth century, those who lobbied
were called “lobbiers” in the U.S. and later, “lobbyists”.
The growth and complexity of government and its multiplicity of legislative,
policymaking, regulatory, funding and purchasing processes have given
rise to professional specialists who are more effective at dealing
with it in representing the issues of various interests. These “lobbyists”
understand the arena and have established relationships with public
officials and their staffs, and can more effectively gain access for
their clients, articulate positions and influence the process.
the profession has grown and matured, and with the coming of an information
age that facilitates communication at all levels, high profile representation
is being incorporated with professionally managed grassroots initiatives
to bolster lobbying efforts. Access, education and influence are being
strengthened through a combination of professional representatives
and direct communication between constituents and their public officials.
Kheder Davis & Associates have been actively lobbying in the State
of Michigan for over 20 years and can provide your organization with
aggressive, proactive government relations services.