Lobbyists' Lobbyists: Don't Call Us Lobbyists
New name: Association of Government Relations Professionals?
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Oct 15, 2013 10:04 AM CDT
The American League of Lobbyists no longer wants to use that last word.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – The American League of Lobbyists is tired of being stereotyped. "Everybody has that misconception that lobbyists are walking around with a pocketful of cash and that’s about it," says group head Monte Ward. In fact, these days, the group notes that lobbyists affect the political process in multiple ways, including grassroots organizing. So it's time for a name change for the organization, which stands up for "government relations professionals" and pushes for lobbyist ethics.

"The new brand will seek to fully represent the broad range of responsibilities that a government relations professional practices daily," says Ward. Pending a vote by members, the group could soon be called the Association of Government Relations Professionals, the Washington Post reports. Even just after the group was founded in 1979, there were some who were concerned with the name; now, thanks to people like Jack Abramoff, lobbyists' reputation has gotten worse, notes a former group president. Still, he doesn't support a name change, saying the group should "not be ashamed of being called a lobbying organization."

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Oct 15, 2013 3:44 PM CDT
The changing of the name will not bring 'respectability". They will still be a lobbyists of another name.
Oct 15, 2013 1:49 PM CDT
Lobbyists. The term was coined during the Grant administration. Grant didn't live in the White House, but instead lived in a hotel in Washington. He had people representing special interests (many of them crooked) waiting in the lobby of the hotel, hence his term for them: "lobbyists". If they want to rebrand themselves, I suggest: "Bribery Specialists" or "Dark Money Handlers" or "Back Room Dealers". I think calling them "lobbyists" is a nice term, when you take what they do, _bribery_, into account.
Oct 15, 2013 11:33 AM CDT
whats going on with comments???