The practice of lobbying has been around since America’s gilded age, when the young nation first experienced the sheer power of big business. Lobbying is the practice of paying legislators money for elections in exchange for political favors. Explicitly, this practice is illegal, but the supreme court has identified money as free speech, so this practice cannot be constitutionally stopped. However, the constitution guarantees a level playing field to its citizens concerning their political voice. Should lobbying be tolerated as an extension of free speech, or should it be done away with, as it awards wealthier individuals more political power?