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Lobbying, any attempt by individuals or private interest groups to influence the decisions of government; in its original meaning it referred to efforts to influence the votes of legislators, generally in the lobby outside the legislative chamber.
Source: Encyclopedia Brittanica. http://www.britannica.com/topic/lobbying
The practice of lobbying is considered so essential to the proper functioning of the U.S. government that it is specifically protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: "Congress shall make no law … abridging … the right of the people peaceably … to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
Source: TheFreeDictionary. http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Lobbying