This brings us back to Gingrich and the thousands of others who legally do not register as lobbyists but who reasonable people would say are engaged in lobbying. The law needs to be changed so that all of us who are paid to influence public policy are required to register and report on our activities. Since lobbyists don't have a vote in Congress, we need to continue to work with elected officials to close the loopholes and make lobbying more transparent. Most of all, we need to make sure that everyone who lobbies is called a lobbyist and required to register and report our activities.
Marlowe is President of the American League of Lobbyists