“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

Part 2 of 2. To read Part 1, click here. Those who engage government on behalf of their employer are in the disaster prevention business.  The key to longevity is building credibility brick by brick.  Deceive a legislator or staffer and you’re history.  Knowing likely outcomes from past experience, being able to recall them and.. 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