The Time Has Come
The time has come to stop referring to powerful lobbies as lobbies and call them by a name that describes more accurately what they really are.
The are, in reality "Governments."
They have permanent life, regardless of the passage of time or the political party that is in "power" in Washington. They determine what laws are passed. They determine how much money they take from the public and/or the political Government. They determine how much they pay in taxes. They answer to no one except their sponsors.
The Health Insurance Government, the Oil Government, the Agriculture Government, etc. And the newest one, the Hedge Fund Government.
Just read the papers and see who really has the power and who gets the money and who pays (and doesn't pay) the taxes and who gets the "kid-glove" treatment from the media and politicians.