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Lobbying Quotes

Quotations on lobbyists and the art of lobbying

"Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent."  Napoleon Bonaparte

"One of the biggest challenges for people when they’re faced with a public policy issue is defining what the issue is from the perspective of people in government. I think the main thing a client should be looking for in a lobbyist or a government relations consultant is for help to think the way people in government have to think when they’re looking at an issue. It’s the only way you’re going to win the day on an issue."  Sean Moore


"Okay, you've convinced me. Now go out there and bring pressure on me."   President Franklin D. Roosevelt, (In response to a business delegation)

"Those who do not know the plans of competitors cannot prepare alliances. Those who do not know the lay of the land cannot maneuver their forces. Those who do not use local guides cannot take advantage of the ground."   Sun Tzu, The Art of War

"The best government consultant is one that has a good track record, actual experience in the way the government works, a willingness to get into the trenches on a client's behalf, good contacts and credibility and a willingness to work toward not only resolving a current problem but devising a strategy to Avoid future ones."    Senator William Kelley

"Few relationships are as critical to the business enterprise itself as the relationship to government. The manager has responsibility for this relationship as part of his responsibility to the enterprise itself. To a large extent the relationship to government results from what businesses do or fail to do."  Peter Drucker

"The main advantage of the on-the-scene consulting firm is that it can give you expert representation relatively quickly. The company or association is, in effect, buying the accumulated experience and key contacts of that firm, and thus avoiding the time-consuming and expensive process of building those contacts for themselves."   Dr. S. Sarpkaya

"Professional lobbyists know their territory. They make very efficient use of their client's time. They can find out where your problem lies, who to talk to, and what questions to ask. They can tell you what information you need to have, and what questions you will have to answer. You will find out who you have to convince and why. Essentially, they guide you through the jungle of government and public opinion."   Honourable John Reid, The Question of Lobbying

"The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously."  Hubert Humphrey

"As a supplicant to government, you cannot afford to bulls—t! Government reserves that  right for itself."   Anonymous

"Government relations is a test of how you manage frustration" .   Anonymous

"Nine times out of ten Ministers side with their officials.   Do you want a 10% or  90% chance of success."   Anonymous

"There isn’t enough understanding by business of the constraints facing government.  What government needs is a kind of real political advice that is based not just on what business wants, but what government can deliver, and what everyone can settle for.  Business lobbies generally govern badly.  Business still comes to scream if something gores its ox.  But there still isn’t enough analysis of why government takes a particular stand on policy, and depending on the source of that stand, whether it can be adjusted or not."    Stanley Hart


 





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