It's their default leadership option:
Lobbyists say they've been told – either directly by legislative leaders or by lawmakers' staff – that, if they or the businesses they represent speak out publicly against House Bill 2, they can expect retribution from House and Senate leaders. Legislation they want won't move, and other bills could actually target them.
WRAL News spoke with 11 lobbyists who have experienced or are aware of such actions, but none would speak on the record for fear they would lose business or be targeted for retribution. One has already lost business.
They just keep digging their hole deeper, just like a child who refuses to admit he was wrong. What these idiots don't understand: Threatening to "cut off" lobbyists and their principals merely highlights the fact elected officials normally do favors for lobbyists and their principals. Like I said, children, whose temperament and lack of reasoning skills very often cause them to reveal stuff they're trying to hide from us adults.