In 2015, researchers at Harvard University wanted to know how and why lobbyists are able to influence on our elected officials.
Instead of relying on public opinion surveys, inaccurate media reports, and campaign speeches about lobbyists, they decided they would spend some time following actual lobbyists around and examine their day-to-day activities and routines.
After 11-months of shadowing lobbyists and conducting extensive interviews, they came up with some interesting findings of lobbying and the influence industry.
The daily activities of a lobbyist
Most people think the definition of lobbying is bribing elected officials until you get what you want. However, according to a Harvard University study on lobbying, political donations only play a small part in lobbyists activities to try to influence politicians. Here are eight activities that researchers found that lobbyists do to lobby Congress:
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