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(Washington Post)   The American League of Lobbyists, a lobbyist group for lobbyists that lobbies on behalf of lobbyist interests, is lobbying for you to stop calling them lobbyists, please   ( ) divider line
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2013-10-15 11:26:30 AM  
4 votes:

snocone: coeyagi: I know many lobbyists are also lawyers, but it's high time we repurpose every lawyer joke ever made for lobbyists.

What do you call a plane load of lobbyists that crashes at sea?

A success on the part of the aviation manufacturers' lobbyists to not have damn government regulations on aviation safety and maintenance!
2013-10-15 11:15:36 AM  
4 votes:
The American League of Bribery?
2013-10-15 11:23:27 AM  
3 votes:
I strongly suggest, in the most sincere vein, make them extinct.

Lobbyists are the root cause of why we cannot have a nice country.
2013-10-15 11:16:28 AM  
3 votes:
Are any of these acceptable alternatives?

Dickheads in Suits
Treasonous Bastards
2013-10-15 11:44:36 AM  
2 votes:
I like how they try to act like the negative connotation with lobbyists isn't really why they changed the name. It's cuz they also do stuff besides lobby, you guys. Srsly.
2013-10-15 01:35:49 PM  
1 vote:

Nana's Vibrator: Surpheon: If the bribery problem is kept under control - and with the current state of campaign finance, it is not - lobbyists can be a very useful and valuable part of the government. They can make very expensive expertise and consultation available to our government, which is tremendously valuable in helping our lawmakers not fark everything they touch up. BUT the bribery issue needs to be fixed, and there needs to be lobbyists on both sides to provide balance (which is why I kick folks like the EFF and NRDC a few bucks).

Call me crazy but when elected officials are listening to anyone other than the people who elected them and are doing anything other than representing their voters, they're not doing their job.  An elected official having to pay attention to and be potentially swayed by a lobbyist or lobby group from another state is, in principle, a conflict of interest.  Washington lobbies are run by and in favor of big business, who have practically zero votes yet seem to win every election and every vote on a floor, until they're
a) battling with each other or
b) represent obvious losses, such as the tobacco lobby being in favor of cancer (though you can dispute the involvement of the insurance lobby).


No. The EFF is a lobbying organization. The ACLU is a lobbying organization. The Sierra Club is a lobbying organization.

Personally, if an elected official from Bumfark Okalahoma is being called upon to vote on internet neutrality regulation, I sure as hell hope they are listening to someone other than just the people who voted for them. It makes perfect sense for government officials to listen to experts in the field that their laws impact. Those experts typically are lobbyists. Where it is not OK is when those experts are telling them "I'll get you $100k for your next election fund" instead of "No, it's not like a bunch of tubes - let me explain the implications of that you..."

Big business is not inherently evil, just amoral. Properly regulated, it is a tremendous force for good. Lobbyists can be the exact same thing - properly regulated, they can be an incredible wellspring of expert advice to encourage more intelligent laws.
2013-10-15 01:27:24 PM  
1 vote:
"What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;"

-- Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene II, Shakespeare

• The gambling industry has tried to change its name to the "gaming" industry.
• Prostitutes want to be called "sex workers."
• Lobbyists want to be called something that doesn't elicit images of political corruption and cronyism.

A rose by any other name.
2013-10-15 11:45:10 AM  
1 vote:

meat0918: I've come to realize the rich have unions, and they are called lobbyists (and professional organizations like the AMA).

//I realize the unions have their own lobbyists.

Don't forget the DEAD SCUMBAGS that left a farking foundation to perpetuate their chity agendas.
There are dead sociopaths reaching out from the grave that have more power in Congress than you do.
2013-10-15 11:38:17 AM  
1 vote:

johnny_vegas: "whores" is not an option?

No, lobbyists are the ones buying. They're more like the johns. Congress is the whores.
2013-10-15 11:23:45 AM  
1 vote:
Here's another vote for Bribers or Bribists.  Bribe Artists, perhaps.
2013-10-15 11:19:40 AM  
1 vote:
They're into grassroots organizing and public affairs, and other sorts of politics and advocacy.

I work with a lot of 501(c)(3) organizations, and in my world, we call that "lobbying."
2013-10-15 11:18:51 AM  
1 vote:
Damn, that filter gets you coming and going, don't it.
2013-10-15 11:15:43 AM  
1 vote:
Fine. The American League of Bribers. Happy now?
2013-10-15 11:14:59 AM  
1 vote:
I've been calling lobbyists "parasites" for years, so I don't see what the trouble is with these fellas.
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