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Lobbying and Ethics


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What Ethical Dilemmas Does Lobbying Present

Black's legal definition of lobbing presents the first ethical dilemma. Sometimes lobbyists attempt to influence policy in luxurious locations. Sometimes lobbyists make campaign contributions and then ask their clients and friends to also make campaign contributions. The ethical problem is that most people view the involvement of money in the system as inherently corrupt. Further, most of the time the relationship between lobbyists and elected officials is clouded. We have a murky system where money changes hands and decisions are made. Because of the lack of transparency, people tend to believe that corruption exists and that no one in the political system is working for the good of the people. Who is advocating for fairness? Thus, all the rules - see previous section.

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