Why lobbying - the right to petition government for redress of grievances, is such an important and fundamental right in a properly functioning democracy.
Lobbyists represent almost every diverse interest found in modern society. To balance corporate lobbyists you will find union delegates. In the high-ceilinged halls outside our Legislative chambers - lobbyists are, after all, actually found in lobbies - you will find agents of heavy industry positioned right next to back-to-nature environmentalists. You will find champions of young and old, rich and poor, people with a variety of medical afflictions, and the medical professionals whose job it is to heal them.
Yes, lobbyists represent special interests. The trouble is, pretty much every one of us has an interest we find special.