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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The members of the American League of Lobbyists have decided that they don’t want to be lobbyists anymore.

No, the nation’s largest lobbying group doesn’t plan to change its widely hated profession. But its members have voted to change their organization’s name: They are now the Association of Government Relations Professionals.

The Center for Public Integrity Reports:

The change comes after 83 percent of the group’s voting membership backed the new moniker during a vote conducted from Oct. 15 through Friday. It also considered calling itself the National Association of Government Relations Professionals and the Government Relations Professionals Association.

“ALL has always been a big tent organization, and I am excited that our new name will better reflect that reality,” said Monte Ward, the group’s president and president of Advanced Capitol Consulting.

Ward added that the rebranded group aims to foster “open and transparent debates in the formulation of public policy” and ensure “the highest ethical standards are practiced by all in the broader government relations profession.”

The shift to a less politically charged name does make sense from a public relations perspective; lobbyists have long been among the least popular actors in Washington. In fact, according to a Public Policy Polling survey from January, lobbyists pulled off the profoundly embarrassing feat of being 18 percent less popular than Congress.

The negative publicity may be having a negative effect on the bottom line of said “government relations professionals.” According to the Center for Responsive Politics, yearly lobbying spending is steadily declining from the 2010 high of $3.55 billion.

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  • Buford2k11

    Bribery renamed…Association of Government Relations Professionals…

  • idamag

    Lobbyists is better than what they really are. Deep pockets to purchase legislators.

    • stcroixcarp

      What lobbyists do is bribe or intimidate legislators into doing what they want.

  • Budjob

    Lobbyists,AKA,greedy rotten bastards!

  • Michael Kollmorgen

    No matter how ya slice it, dice it and use a Smash-a-Matic Hammer on it…………..

    IF it looks like a Lobbyist, acts like a Lobbyist and smells like a Lobbyist – I’m pretty dam sure it IS a LOBBYIST.

  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    Kind of like the old line about lawyer jokes – lawyers don’t think they are funny and the rest of the population doesn’t think they are jokes.

  • InsideEye

    If it looks like a skunk, smells like a skunk , it surely is a skunk. Lobbyist or often mistakenly/ surely. Ooopps , a Politician.

    • TZToronto


  • Cordell Webb


  • howa4x

    Maybe they should be called grease monkeys, since they put a lot of grease in congress’s pockets

  • Siegfried Heydrich

    They are quite correct – they should be called what they are – Whores.

    • stcroixcarp

      Don’t go slandering whores!

      • Siegfried Heydrich

        True . . . whores have standards, lobbyists don’t.

  • OK than we will call lobbyists exactly what they are..traitors to the nation.

  • Allan Richardson

    That’s like pimps calling themselves “Short Term Relationship Counselors.”

    Seriously though, if lobbying were limited to making PERSUASIVE ARGUMENTS, and if officials were REQUIRED BY LAW to spend the same amount of time in personal meetings with average citizens (chosen by lot) as they do with lobbyists, government would reflect what the PEOPLE want, not what the moneybag special interests want.

  • Julia Milazzo

    I don’t think they’d print what they should really be called. How about parasitical special interest whores?

  • omgamike

    A turd is a turd is a turd. And turds always stink and draw flies…just like lobbyists.

  • dpaano

    Don’t really care WHAT they want to call themselves, they are still lobbyists!! I don’t know why we have to have them in the first place….they should be banned from politics! It’s the people who own the government, not big corporation lobby groups! It’s time we stood up and reminded them of this fact!

  • Barbara Morgan

    No matter what they change their name to they will always be called Lobbyists and known to be people that are lower than a snake’s belly. Lobbying should be outlawed, if someone or some corporation wants special treatment from Congress let them make their case out in the open before cameras and mikes instead of letting them hide behind lobbyists , no one that wants “special treatment or favors” from Congress should be allowed to hide that fact, let all of US know who they are and what they really want so we the voters will know exactly where all Congressional members stand if they vote on the requested “special treatment or favor”..MAKE LOBBYISTS DISAPPEAR FROM THIS COUNTRY LIKE THE DODO BIRD HAS FROM THE PLANET.