On Wednesday, June 13, a panel comprised of career Washington lobbyists shared their insights of an often misunderstood and maligned profession.
Veteran journalist Ron Elving moderated the Vail Symposium event, “An Insider’s Look at Lobbying,” held at the stunning Four Seasons Hotel in Vail. Ron kicked off the evening providing the Constitutional basis for the practice of lobbying, rooted as it is in the First Amendment.
Catherine Bennett shared her experiences working as a lobbyist for large corporations such as Pfizer and Tyco both before and after stringent rules limiting lobbying took effect during the Obama Administration. Representing a cross-section of human rights-oriented organizations that are all non-profits, Nancy Zirken’s perspective was understandably different. Rick Rogers, a longtime lobbyist for FedEx, provided amusing anecdotes of his lobbying career.
It was an interesting peek behind the Washington curtain to see how the sausage of government, legislation, gets made.