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Survey Indicates Lobbyists May Need to Rethink Tactics Survey Indicates Lobbyists May Need to Rethink Tactics

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Survey Indicates Lobbyists May Need to Rethink Tactics


Pigeons fly over the intersection of 17th and K streets in northwest Washington Thursday, Jan. 26, 2006. K Street bisects the nation's capital on a route that stretches from Georgetown through the city's business district into a working-class neighborhood.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

A new survey of congressional staffers and lobbyists indicates that lobbying firms may have to change the way they do business with Congress, as their views of what matters to staffers differ largely from staffers’ own views.

With over $3 billion spent on lobbying in 2011, according to the Sunlight Foundation, the mass of persuaders is at the very least an economic force to be reckoned with. But the survey, conducted by the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management, indicates lobbyists don’t have as tight a grip on policymaking as they might like.



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