The Christian Science Monitor examines the history of lobbyists wielding influence over policy in Washington.
The report, which is part of a series that takes an in-depth look at the profession -- and art -- of lobbying, discusses the passage of the 1946 Federal Regulation of Lobbying Act and progressive-era attempts at reforming the practice.
From the Monitor:
"Congress has always had, and always will have, lobbyists and lobbying," said Sen. Robert Byrd (D) of West Virginia in a 1987 floor speech. "We could not adequately consider our workload without them.... At the same time, the history of the institution demonstrates the need for eternal vigilance to ensure that lobbyists do not abuse their role."