A Brief History of Lobbying

Congress.org occasionally answers questions from readers and a recent question relates to the history of lobbyists and lobbying.

A lot of people find lobbying distasteful but we must remember that lobbying is a direct consequence of the First Amendment and we are guaranteed the right “to petition the government for a redress of grievances”.  Curbs on lobbying are really curbs on freedom of speech, association and the ability to petition government for redress of grievances.

We have to be very careful when we start tampering with the Constitution.  A tremendous amount of thought, and discussion, went into its creation and we must tread lightly when we push for laws to circumscribe the rights contained therein.


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