Direct Lobbying

Direct lobbying involves a one-on-one interaction between the lobbyist and the legislative official. The lobbyist personally tries to influence a legislator on the passage or defeat of a bill or proposed legislation.

Direct lobbying can involve information exchange between the lobbyist and the legislator. An elected official does not have time to fully research every issue that develops. A lobbyist can educate the elected official on a particular issue that the legislator might not have thought very much about. Because the lobbyist has a breadth of knowledge about an issue, he can be called to testify on that issue if necessary.

A lobbyist also can offer hospitality to a legislator. Hospitality does not refer to the old fashion practices of buying legislators extravagant presents. It refers to lobbyists buying time with the legislator by attending a fundraising event for the legislator. In order to have the opportunity to talk with a legislator, a lobbyist might buy a plate at a charity event (Hendrix, 2001).