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lobbyist (n.)

1863, American English, from lobby (n.) in the political sense + -ist.

[A] strong lobbyist will permit himself to lose heavily at the poker-table, under the assumption that the great Congressman who wins the stake will look leniently upon the little appropriation he means to ask for. [George A. Townsend, "Events at the National Capital and the Campaign of 1876," Hartford, Conn., 1876]

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Definitions of lobbyist from WordNet

lobbyist (n.)
someone who is employed to persuade legislators to vote for legislation that favors the lobbyist's employer;
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