lob·​by·​ist ˈlä-bē-ist How to pronounce lobbyist (audio)
plural lobbyists
: one who conducts activities aimed at influencing or swaying public officials and especially members of a legislative body on legislation : a person engaged in lobbying public officials
The new rule says that if you were a registered lobbyist in the past two years, you can't work for the administration on any issue you touched. After you leave government, you can't lobby the administration at all.Jacob Weisberg
Because so many lobbyists have past experience on Capitol Hill, they usually have personal ties both to members of congress and to their key staffers, who vet and prioritize the earmark requests.Ken Silverstein

Examples of lobbyist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web SpaceX has boosted its spending on lobbyists by 30 percent since 2020, reaching $2.9 million last year, federal records show. Eric Lipton, New York Times, 28 May 2024 Under existing rules, only paid lobbyists are required to report their contacts with public officials. Jeff McDonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 May 2024 Last year, the state’s top-spending lobbyists included the American Federation for Children and Young Americans for Liberty, according to previous Statesman reporting. Becca Savransky, Idaho Statesman, 20 May 2024 John’s got all the details about the executives the company tapped to be its official emissaries to the Hill — including an ex-PhRMA lobbyist. Rachel Cohrs Zhang Reprints, STAT, 16 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for lobbyist 

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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lobbyist was in 1842

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“Lobbyist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lobbyist. Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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