gonzogolf wrote in post #14912381
I would love to debate the merits of lobbying with you, but it would need to be in another forum. But to the point, this isnt a lobbyist sort of bill. There is no group that benefits from this sort of silliness. This is one of those things a legislator comes up with on their own, or perhaps with a staffer. Its designed to have an emotional appeal to a group of voters.
Lobbying involves the advocacy of an interest that is affected, actually or potentially, by the decisions of government leaders. Individuals and interest groups alike can lobby governments, and governments can even lobby each other. The practice of lobbying is considered so essential to the proper functioning of the U.S. government that it is specifically protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: "Congress shall make no law … abridging … the right of the people peaceably … to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
The problem of restricting lobbying is you have to determine which interest groups are no longer protected by the constitution.
As to the proposed bill being discussed, IMO, it is highly likely the legislator putting this forward is well aware that it will not pass, and is likely unconstitutional, but he is counting on his constituents to not notice that. IOW, he is merely pandering.