Role of Lobbying in Representative Government
New light will be thrown upon the scope of lobby activity and the methods used by present-day lobbyists to bring pressure on Congress by the forthcoming final report of the select committee to investigate lobbying set up by the House in 1949. The report will include recommendations for revision of the present lobby act by the 82nd Congress to make it a more effective instrument with which to obtain full public disclosure of lobby operations. Interim reports of the committee have shown expenditures of more than $55 million by some 600 organizations and 2,000 individuals since mid-1946 to sway action by Congress. This is only the spending of which public accounting has been made. In the opinion of Chairman ...