Event: 16 Sept 2010, Wash DC, Miller-McCune-Live! Debate (Is Washington for Sale to Special Interests?)

Commerce, Corporations, Government, Power Behind-the-Scenes/Special Interests
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September 16 @ 8:30am (breakfast will be served at 8:00am)

National Press Club
First Amendment Lounge
529 14th Street, NW
Washington, D.C.

Moderated by Miller-McCune Editor-in-Chief John Mecklin, the panelists are Rolf Lundberg, Jr., U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Craig Holman, Public Citizen; and Frank Baumgarter, co-author of Lobbying and Policy Change.

Contrary to popular belief, Washington is not widely for sale to special interests and the lobbyists they hire, at least not in the short term. One of the most in-depth studies ever conducted on the day-to-day workings of Washington, the prize-winning Lobbying and Policy Change: Who Wins, Who Loses and Why, shows that the real outcome of most lobbying — in fact, its greatest success —­ is the achievement of nothing.

Sixty percent of the time, the status quo prevails. The side with more money wins only half the time. The president has more clout than an army of lobbyists.

But it takes money to get into the game. How can the general public make itself heard?

Give us your two cents on money and democracy at 8:30 a.m. on September 16, at a panel discussion sponsored by Miller-McCune at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Moderated by Miller-McCune Editor-in-Chief John Mecklin, featured speakers will include Lobbying and Policy Change co-author Frank R. Baumgartner and Public Citizen’s Craig Holman.

Related:
Intelligence Online: “Lobbyists Replace Spies”
(07/22/10)