What is a Lobbyist?

A lobbyist is someone who is paid by an interest group to promote the group’s agenda and interest to the elected representatives or the legislatures with the aim of achieving change and their goals. There are several lobbyists in Washington, DC and they are usually located or have their head office on ‘K: Street. Some major interest areas for lobbyist include health care, coal, energy and labor. They use several media to exercise their influence and to promote their cause including networking, face-to-face meetings and the electronic and print media.