The Youth Guide to Politics: Part Two – Lobbyists

Excerpted from http://www.thenation.com/article/youth-guide-politics-part-2-lobbying/ Lobbyists are powerful, influential and unelected folks who get Congress to do their bidding. What do youth need to know about these key players? Who are these people? If you read Part One of our Youth Guide to Politics you heard me drop “the L-word” because many organizations, companies, and unions have lobbyists and political action committees (PACs) and use them to get the laws they want passed. But Yukon High School American history and government teacher Ed Brown says he doesn’t spend a lot of time talking about lobbyists. “We don’t get into specifics,” he said. Instead they just “talk about what they do and their function, how they have to register. We talked a little about who they work for but in the broad sense–that they work for some ideology groups or organizations.” Brown said like anything they discuss in his 11th and 12th grade classes […]