Mission Impossible or a Much Need Must - Lobbying in Bulgaria

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Legalizing Lobbying in Bulgaria – a Mission Impossible or a Much Needed “Must’

Author: Gergana V. Murtova
Term Paper for Business and Society Class

People are easily fooled by talk about donations, private or corporate, that might be the case but not the whole truth, indeed. You see, everywhere from America to Japan, each party has, so to say, a ring of firms…If you think that I am less influential than one banker, your idea of what a politician can achieve is very far from reality. In the last 15 years, perhaps half of all above-the-average businessmen are [what they are]…either with my blessing or at least a smile from me. * Ahmed Dogan (Bulgarian Politician, former leader of the ethnic Turks’party Movement for
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And would it be a good or a bad thing for our society? These are important questions, which deserve investigation, mainly because their answers have a direct impact on the Bulgarian society and its wellbeing as a whole.
The mass opinion about lobbying in Bulgaria is a negative one, strongly associated with corruption. This is due to the fact that lobbying is a phenomenon rather unknown to the Bulgarian citizens; something that we know only a little about mostly from scandals we have heard of from western societies. One example of wrongful use of the word lobbying in Bulgaria to describe an activity with dubious legal status is the notorious case of Krasimir Georgiev, aka Krasyo Cherniya (Krasyo the Black). The mighty businessman, Mr. Georgiev became famous to the regular Bulgarian citizens in 2010 (then aged 29) when he was accused of lobbying for the appointment of certain magistrates as judges on various levels and around the whole country. In return for these “favors” he was paid substantial amounts. This lobbying scandal, and more specifically the contact of Mr. Georgiev with Bulgarian magistrates, turned into one of the biggest disgraces of the Bulgarian judicial system. It was followed by disciplinary lay-offs in the Supreme Judicial Council of the Republic of Bulgaria.
The outcome of the legal suit against Mr. Georgiev is not of interest to the current paper. What matters is the fact that

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