TPM Livewire

Lobbyists Don't Want To Be Called Lobbyists Anymore

AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite

Founded in 1979, the American League of Lobbyists counts only a fraction of the nation's 12,000 registered lobbyists as paid members. But 83 percent of the group's voting membership recently voted to change the name, and a formal announcement is expected Tuesday morning. According to the group, most of its members don't consider themselves to be only lobbyists.

"[The American League of Lobbyists] has always been a big tent organization, and I am excited that our new name will better reflect that reality," Monte Ward, the group's president, told the Center for Public Integrity. 

Other new names considered by the group: the National Association of Government Relations Professionals and the Government Relations Professionals Association.