By Charlene Komar-Storey
Today, “lobbyist” is often considered a dirty word. But lobbying — trying to convince a lawmaker to see your point of view on an important issue — serves a critical role in educating public officials on every level. And it’s not limited to expense influence peddlers on K Street in Washington. Every citizen should be a lobbyist for issues and causes he believes important, including those that affect his business.