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  2. The money buys the opportunity to influence, once elected they are then influenced.. people miss this part.. the money gets them access.. then they actually persuade people and change their minds.. next thing you know, the person you voted for doesn’t even believe what they campaigned on.

  3. Lobbying itself is not the problem. The term ‘lobbying’ comes from those who wait at the lobby of their representative’s office to be heard. It is integral to democracy. And when you want to be heard, it helps to organize with like-minded individuals, form a group and have a convincing spokesperson. And it can be a really good thing. For example, lobbying for human rights, for protecting the environment, for increasing affordable housing, etc.

    The problem comes when money and lack of transparency enter the picture. This is why knowing about [The American Anti-Corruption Act](https://anticorruptionact.org) is so important:

    > The American Anti-Corruption Act is model policy that sets a framework for city, state and federal laws to fix our broken political system. It fundamentally reshapes the rules of American politics and restores the people as the most important stakeholders in our political system. An Anti-Corruption Act has three primary goals:

    >•Stop political bribery so special interests can’t use job offers and donations to influence politicians.
    >•End secret money so people know who’s buying political power.
    >•Fix our broken elections so the people, not the political establishment, are the ones in control.

  4. the correct word is buy, not manipulate

    and …. no one is going to care

    in the next election 1/2 the population that votes will go out and vote for the politician who’s marketing/advertising campaign (funded by the people those lobbyists represent) they liked the most

  5. Even minute spent just entertaining the suggestions of lobbyists is a minute spent not entertaining the constituents put the Representative in office for. Everyone successful knows time is a finite resource.

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