A lobbyist is someone who advocates for someone or an organization and gets paid for influencing legislation. Every year, $9 billion is spent on lobbying. It is the 3rd largest budget after government agencies and the food and tourist industries.
The Restaurant Association is just one among literally hundreds of special-interest advocates operating in Washington, D.C. These include lobbyists for agricultural and fishery industries, food processors, and every other corner of the big business of food. The American League of Lobbyists says: “We want people, young people, to enter government affairs and to be part of the great American political process.”
To be a great lobbyist you must be (or convincingly appear to be) passionate and knowledgeable about the cause you are advocating. Your rolodex and personal network are your most valuable possessions, second only to grease. Greased wheels lead to access to power. 43% of former congressmen have worked or are working as lobbyist.
To get a job as a lobbyist, try volunteering for a cause…you never know where it may lead.