Infographic: Where's the Line Between Civic Engagement and Lobbying?

Many Americans believe lobbyists have too much power and have too few ethics.

Lobbying is defined as trying to influence the actions or votes of government officials and legislators. Given that definition, the line between an engaged citizen and a lobbyist becomes difficult to draw, particularly if Americans try to enact legislation to limit the power of certain forms of lobbying.

In the infographic below, we use some examples to show just how complicated our job gets when we try to draw a clear line between lobbying (in the sense that Americans don't like) and civic engagement. What would guide you in drawing the line?

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Erik Fogg

US political and cultural dialogue is broken, and we intend to change that. We're starting by giving you Something to Consider.