Working paper

A Note on Lobbying a Legislature

Vera Zaporozhets


We study a simple in?uence game, in which a lobby tries to manipulate the decision of a legislature via monetary offers to one or more members. We compute the minimum budget needed for the lobby to pass the bill and the distribution of this budget between the legislators. We also show the connection of the problem to the combinatorial optimization.


Legislative lobbying; Combinatorial optimization; Knapsack problem;

JEL codes

  • C61: Optimization Techniques • Programming Models • Dynamic Analysis
  • D71: Social Choice • Clubs • Committees • Associations
  • D72: Political Processes: Rent-Seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior


Vera Zaporozhets, A Note on Lobbying a Legislature, TSE Working Paper, n. 16-673, July 2016.

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TSE Working Paper, n. 16-673, July 2016