Lobbying

In the movie "Thank You for Smoking," protagonist Nick Naylor, a tobacco lobbyist, proclaims, "I earn a living fronting an organization that kills 1,200 human beings a day. 1,200 people! We're talking two jumbo jet plane loads of men, women and children. I mean, there's Attila, Genghis and me...the Colonel Sanders of nicotine." Certainly, the ethics behind lobbying are murky. Self-serving groups that wield the most money and influence essentially pay politicians to swing legislation in their favor. Yet lobbying is a necessary evil and is an important lever for a productive government. Learn how the lobby industry works and how you can influence your public officials.

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