Are Lobbyists Unethical?

by - February 13, 2013

But if the object of the question is the business of lobbying, and not the lobbyists themselves (if it is best read “is lobbying unethical?”), then all logic errs on the side of the negative. The activity of lobbying is ethically neutral: it can go in the direction of big tobacco or bone cancer research.  Assessed through the lens of the Constitution, lobbying attains a positive ethical charge.  The common thread that unites all lobbyists is their exercise of the freedom of speech and to petition, both couched in the First Amendment.

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