Originally Posted by SolipsismX
I'm confused by the phrase "anti-lobbying group opposing the proposed tax cuts." Aren't they themselves lobbying, but for the opposite outcome. Are they against lobbying or just against corporate tax cuts for offshore profits?
"Protesting" isn't lobbying, its airing your view openly
in the public eye.
"Lobbying" is attempting, behind closed doors
, to leverage support for a special interest or agenda.
The first seems, to me, potentially to be a traditional and honorable democratic exercise in free speech, while the latter seems like an underhanded attempt to subvert the democratic process by giving economic muscle a disproportionate influence over public policy, out of the public eye.
And, much as I like to see Apple doing well, I think I agree with those who feel that its just a sneaky attempt to avoid paying taxes on your income, with the excuse that you earned it "over there, somewhere".
So I would say that the answers to your questions are, "no, they aren't lobbying", and "both".