Current law requires registered lobbyists to file quarterly reports about any contacts with lawmakers or government officials. But lobbyists do not have to report a contact if the meeting was initiated by someone else, not them.
Company chief executives also generally do not register as lobbyists, but often meet with lawmakers and government officials and clearly have a strong interest in affecting federal policy, he said.
I think it goes way beyond simply not needing them.
My opinion is that the current bunch of "lawmakers" are in government to become wealthy. They gain much of this wealth from the lobbyists and from carefully crafting laws that provide paths to wealth (ex. insider trading). In theory, we the voters change this situation by changing our representatives. In reality, our newly elected representatives simply climb on the gravy train once they get elected. Lobbyists will never go away and I believe their control over our government is one of the major reasons for our downward spiral as a nation. Nothing in Washington DC is done "for the good of the country" anymore.