Sunday, March 03, 2013

Does lobbying have an impact on public policy decisions? Give examples.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/lobbyists-weigh-in-on-pharmacy-oversight/2013/03/02/0ea25dd6-7f76-11e2-8074-b26a871b165a_story.html

36 comments:

brody kraussel said...

Lobbying is an integral part of our nation's democratic process and is a constitutionally guaranteed right. Government officials are continuously making public policy decisions that affect the vital interests of individuals, corporations, labor organizations, religious groups,charities, etc. for example in a charity, A university may pay the admission cost for a member of Congress or staff to attend most fund raising events it sponsors. Under the ethics rules, a “charity event” is defined as a lunch, dinner, golf tournament, or the like the primary purpose of raising funds for an organization. so, yes lobbying does impact public policy decisions.

Hannah G. said...

I believe that lobbying does have an impact on public decisions,I believe this because many interest groups hire specialized lobbying firms or retain lobbyists on their staff to help gain access to key decision-makers. With their vast network of contacts and intricate knowledge of the political process, former legislators and staff members typically make the best lobbyists. Then the lobbyists preform a variety of techniques for example Setting up private meetings with lawmakers, staff, and executive agency bureaucrats to inform them of their clients' interest or assisting lawmakers and their staffs in drafting legislation in some cases lobbyists use the media to run advertisement which will all affect the public policy.

Zach Matusinec said...

Lobbying does have an impact on public policy. A specific example I can recall is the Violence Against Women Act. This bill successfully passed Congress mainly due to grassroots efforts. Despite some opposition, it was able to pass with the help of many lobbyists, including victims and women's rights interest groups. For anyone who wants some light reading for a Sunday, here is the bill in its entirety:
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-109hr3402enr/pdf/BILLS-109hr3402enr.pdf

Brittany R said...

I believe that lobbying influences public decisions a lot. These lobbyists are experts and have the adequate knowledge to influence anyone. Setting up private meetings with law makers is an easy way to influence others.

Peyton Tebon said...

Lobbying has a huge effect on our public policy.Since the very beginning of the American democracy, people have lobbied for their interests. A good example would be the Women for Prohibition in the 1920's.They lobbied the national government to prohibit the sale and production of liquor through public demonstrations and posters across the country. Women for Prohibition in the 1920's is a great example of lobbying having an impact on public policy.

Nadia Tabbal said...

Lobbying has an impact on public policy. Some examples include setting up executive agency bureaucrats to inform them of client interest. Also lobbyists testify before congressional committees on proposed legislation and rules related to their industry.

Haley S said...

Lobbying is designed to give special interest groups a chance to have their voice heard by those in charge of public policy. One of the most influential lobbying groups in American politics is the National Rifle Association (NRA). Their goal is to protect the Second Ammendment right to bear arms, and they spent approx. 3 million dollars (http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientsum.php?id=D000000082) on lobbying during 2012. As more and more attention is given to issues involving the NRA, their spending is likely to increase in order to ensure their motives are protected.

Natalie Sobierajski said...

I believe lobbying has a major impact on public policy. With this being said, an example would be the recent talk on gun regulations. Members of the NRA were at the executive meetings, even Walmart sent their representative to discuss ideas and future plans and have a say.

Jack P. said...

Lobbying definitely has an impact on public policy decisions and the proof is in the money. According to the website below, in 1998 there was 1.44 billion dollars spent in lobbying groups. In 2012 that number has greater than doubled to 3.28 billion dollars. Some of the United States' biggest lobbying groups such as Big Oil, Big Pharma, and the NRA would not be spending such a substantial amount of money without seeing results. (http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/index.php)

jake medved said...

Lobbying does have an impact on our government. Most decision our government makes are due to different interest of individuals or companies. For example many of the topics today such as gun control and gay rights are lobbied by interested groups who hire lobbyiests.

Kyle Johnson-Evers said...

Lobbying has a very large impact on public policy decisions and it always has. Lobbying influencing many of our governments choices. The NRA lobbies against any gun control laws to keep the business up for the gun business.
http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/nra-spent-25m-lobbying-in-2012-86557.html

Mike O said...

Lobbying does have an impact on public policy decisions. The NRA uses lobbyists in order to influence the government's decisions on gun control.

Amy Klaus said...

I think that lobbying does impact policy decisions. For example, the gun control are lobbied by the interest groups to influence the government's decisions about it.

Nick Berry said...

Lobbying impacts public policy decisions through influencing the votes of legislators. For example, Planned Parenthood lobbies to mainly democrats for their support on publicly issuing birth control pills and other contraceptives. Without this lobbying group, democrats who are social conservatives would probably not support these contraceptive bills. Lobbying exchanges funds for votes.

Alec J said...

I believe lobbying does have a major impact on politics. Lobbyists have a lot of money behind them and agendas they have to get done. Whether its through campaign contributions or other means money can be a great influence.

Max Francis said...

Lobbying has a large impact on policy decision making. They have influence because of their expertise on the topic and they represent a larger group of people. The NRA lobbies against gun control laws.

PatrickW said...

Lobbying does impact public policy. Lobbyists are experts on thier topic and are very influental. Also they have all of the resources of thier industry at thier disposal and usually have a large following that support thier topic. So if a congress person wishes to gain the votes of a specifc group that lawmaker may listen to a lobbyist

Katie Beckman said...

Lobbying has a major impact on policy decisions. It is a way for special interest groups to have more of a say in policy-making, which in theory makes for a more diverse range of opinions when it comes to deciding whether or not a bill should be passed.

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Anne L. said...

Lobbying allows for an interest group to express their views on laws and decision making. Billions are spent on various lobbyist groups and thus become very good at what they do. I believe that lobbying has an impact on public policy dections. An example is the NRA's influence over gun control laws in America.

Garrett LeGros said...

I beleive lobbying does have an impact on public decisions. This can be shown through policies like gay rights and gun control that were purposed by interest groups.

Brandon Krawczyk said...

Lobbying has a very large inpact on public policy making in america. This can be good, such as when a lobbying group raises important problems or situations that the federal government is not aware of, but most of the time lo bbying has a negative effect on public policy because it diverts congresses attention from the real issues to the issues of the few that have the money to pay for a lobby. an example of this is the new helath care reform act. this act is maily designed to spread the cost of health care without addressing the main problem of the masses; the cost of health care and the profits made by the few at the top.

Matt Gilson said...

i think it depends on what kind of policy. not all policy is lobbied and a lot of senators dont listen to lobbyists also

Matt Gilson said...

i think it depends on what kind of policy. not all policy is lobbied and a lot of senators dont listen to lobbyists also

Kayla Kenney said...

I think that lobbying does have an impact on public policies. The most talked about and current example would be gun control. There is big companies and industries that have money that seem to have impacted the public policy.

Brandon Ebli said...

Lobbying in my opinion has one of the largest impacts on public policy decision. They know what they are doing and how to persuade both legislatures and the people.

Tony M. said...

Lobbying most definitely has an impact on public policy decisions. They have great ability to influence. Setting up meetings is one example of how they affect the decisions. They can inform government on their customers interests.

Jared Lederman said...

Lobying is a very important part of our process and it is also a right. We make public policy decisions that affect many interests of individual. Adivision 3 team can say they are financially helping a player and he plays football, it is technically a "scholarship". Yes, lobbying has and always will have an impact on decision making.

Josh DeGrave said...

Yes, lobbying does have an impact on public policy decisions. An example of lobbying that would impact public policy would be if a lobbying group wanted to raise taxes for education so the government could support the schools with more books, and that agency put out fliars in the mail or even an advertisement in a local newspaper that asked for citizens to contact their state or local legislature for increase in taxes to buy books for education.

jake medved said...

Lobying plays a crucial role in todays government. different decision the government makes are because of interest groups hiring lobbyists.

jake medved said...

There are many different decisions made due to lobyists, such as gun control or gay marriage. This is done because of the many different interest groups like the NRA.

Nicholas Staniszewski said...

Lobbying definitely has an impact on public policy. Ultimately it is up to the representative if they follow through with a decision in the lobbyist's favor, but lobbying has a high impact on public policy. For one reason, some representatives are in office and use lobbying to keep that connection with the public's needs and ideas. If it weren't for citizens lobbying for their own domestic issues, how is a representative stuck in Washington DC able to fix their district's problems? Another example of lobbying having an impact is seen in the decision over the Kenosha casino in 2013. There are two groups lobbying to Governor Walker as to whether or not to allow the casino to be built. Both groups are bringing to the table a lists of benefits and disadvantages, and the winner will be who governor Walker thinks will be the better choice for the state. If those in power knew nothing of the benefits or disadvantages of a particular policy, are they able to vote on it?

Keely Smith said...

I believe that lobbying does have an impact on different public decisions. Interests groups hire lobbying firms or keep lobbyists on their staff to help influence decision makers. Lobbyists have a lot of knowledge of the political process. For example, lobbyists can set up private meetings to gain information or influence lawmakers.

Becca Penn said...

I believe lobbying does act as an influence over public policy decisions. For example, lobbying groups both in favor and against gun control are trying to impact the final decision on the public policy.

Leah Henriksen said...

Lobbying is providing information to persuade elected officials to take action. So, on that basis, lobbying does have an affect on public policy. With their arguments, which must be highly convincing, they have influence on what decisions the officials make. If certain arguments aren't strong enough, then public policy could be skewered in a negative direction.

Rachel Schroeder said...

Lobbying is a HUGE part of public policy decisions. If lobbyists were not that integral then interest groups would not waste their money hiring one. They are experts in their field. Ex: they set up meetings with lawmakers and their staff in an effort to get their influence on the policy.