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An Insider’s Look at Lobbying in America

Event Date Wed Jun 20, 2018
Event Time 6 AM
Four Seasons Resort VailOne Vail Road | Vail

You may remember the song, “I’m Just a Bill,” from Schoolhouse Rock, a simple tune providing a simple version of a bill’s journey through Congress to become a law. But one of the major elements missing from the song is the influence of lobbyists. Depending on the size and topic of the legislation, dozens — sometimes even hundreds — of lobbyists will be involved, petitioning lawmakers to tweak language and policy points in a bill. But the role of lobbyists is still shady and vague to most of the public and many are painted with a wide, unflattering brush.

In this panel discussion with moderator and “contrarian” Ron Elving steering the conversation, former lobbyists from industry and public interest groups will provide an overview of the recent history of lobbying at the federal level and a discussion of lobbying activities — both the pros and the cons.

This program is generously underwritten by Holly & Ben Gill. The Hot Topic series is generously underwritten by Cindy Engles and Kathy & Neal Kimmel

Event SPEAKER(S)

Ron Elving

Ron Elving

Senior Editor and Correspondent

NPR News

Nancy Zirkin

Nancy Zirkin

Executive Vice President

Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Rick Rogers

Rick Rogers

Staff Vice President for Government Affairs

FedEx Corporation

Catherine Bennett

Catherine Bennett

Chairman Emeritus

Prevent Cancer Foundation