A lobbyist is someone hired by a business or a cause to persuade legislators to support that business or cause.

  • Pronunciation: / 'lɑbɪɪst/
  • English description: someone who is employed to persuade legislators to vote for legislation that favors the lobbyist's employer
  • Synonyms: persuader
  • Chinese Translation: 说客(shui4 ke4)
  • Spanish Translation: el cabildero
  • ORIGIN: Lobbyists get paid to win favor from politicians. For example, oil companies send lobbyists to Washington to try to make life easier for oil companies. Sometimes they do it by making a great case for their cause, but often it involves fancy dinners and golf outings. If that sounds kind of shady, it is. But remember that women's rights groups and cancer research foundations have lobbyists, too — it's just one way to get your voice heard on the Hill.


  • The charges alleged that accepted gifts from lobbyists and then voted on rail bills that were favorable to the lobbyists.
  • When I campaigned in Iowa, I took on the lobbyists, took on the corporate welfare and said we should have no ethanol subsidies.

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