After more than three decades as the American League of Lobbyists, the U.S. lobbying industry's leading trade group in Washington, D.C., is one step away from making an often-stigmatized job a word non grata in its name.
The League's board has recommended to the group's 1,300 members that they adopt the Association of Government Relations Professionals as the organization's new name, it announced Tuesday [PDF]. League President Monte Ward said in a statement that the decision to change the name came after the group found that "a majority of our membership no longer identified themselves as 'only lobbyists.' " Many of the organization's members consider lobbying "just a fraction" of their duties, he said.
"We’re very excited about this evolutionary change to our association, and look forward to serving more effectively all our current and future members," Ward said.