Originally Posted by OutofDate1980
Which brings up the point, the techie's are a market one would want to influence, as they are often the leaders or at least knowledgeable in technology.
I think the word Lobbyist is the problem. To some of us, a lobbyist is connected with PACs rather than what we are likely really discussing.
Perhaps "Plants" would be a better word? Or Shills, perhaps.
Shills: "An accomplice of a hawker, gambler, or swindler who acts as an enthusiastic customer to entice or encourage others."