“Special Interest” Groups – Red Herring Anyone?

The PolicySmith laments beginning a blog post with a question, but this one is not simply a device – we’d like you to troll through your recent memory…how often have you seen or heard a Washington insider lament the influence of “special interest” groups?  That’s a thinly-veiled insult aimed at the insider’s opponents – it’s.. read more →

Lobbying/Government Relations for Private Business 101 — Better Late than Never!

Part 2 of 2. To read Part 1, click here. The PolicySmith admits to advancing age, its tripwires and the widening of cracks for the important and sundry to drop through. While rummaging through this blog’s dustbin, lo and behold an unpublished post appeared! In 2017 this space was attempting to shine a light on.. read more →

03 Aug 2017
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What the &%$@# is a lobbyist, anyway?

Why do we need them?  Who has them?  What do they do? Part 1 of 2. Part 2 coming later this week. Like everything else that revolves around government, it depends.  The PolicySmith at one time registered as a lobbyist, which was a big mistake, although not for reasons you might think.  The reporting, the.. read more →

31 Jul 2017