We define “lobbying” as the attempt to influence business and government leaders to conduct an activity or create legislation that will help the port industry. The target is to influence the thinking of decision makers and public officials for or against a specific cause. Lobbying involves the advocacy of an interest that is affected, or potentially, by the decisions of business and government leaders. Unlike voters, who each get one vote, lobbyists vary in their degree of influence. The level of influence a lobbyist has over the respective decision-making process is often proportional to the resources—time and money—the lobbyist can spend to achieve its goal.
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