The most infuriating term used in connection with this is "stakeholders." During the early part of the legislative process, there are always meetings between the legislators and affected parties, so that a bill can be shaped in a way to minimize meaningful opposition. Typically, individuals are invited to the meeting who are assumed to have a stake in the process, "stakeholders," who are comprised of representatives from each major company or corporation that could be affected by the legislation, along with some representative from the relevant regulatory body and usually one person, one, to represent "consumers," i.e., the public. All these people at the meeting are called "stakeholders." It is as if the entire public gets one vote while each major corporation that is a player in that area gets one vote. When I first learned this, I found it shocking because I had assumed that every individual in society was a "stakeholder" with regard to any legislation that could have some impact on the whole of society. I guess I was wrong.