They're known as hired guns or GR specialists, and there are more than 5,000 registered lobbyists trying to influence the federal government today, according to the Commissioner of Lobbying's Registry of Lobbyists. Of these, 802 are "consultant lobbyists," who work for firms with multiple clients. There are 1,817 "in-house" lobbyists for corporations and 2,548 in-house organization lobbyists.
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