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Can lobbyists help working class people? A conversation with Oregon lobbyist Mike Selvaggio #11

Can lobbyists help working class people? A conversation with Oregon lobbyist Mike Selvaggio #11

Update: 2020-11-14
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In this episode of You Talk It. We Live It  Host River Scholl, speaks with Oregon lobbyist Mike Selvaggio about the role of lobbyists in our state and federal governments and their ability to affect positive change. 

Below are some interesting facts about lobbyists. 

But first, what exactly is lobbying?

Lobbying as defined by the Encyclopedia Britannica is;  any attempt by individuals or private interest groups to influence the decisions of government; in its original meaning it referred to efforts to influence the votes of legislators, generally in the lobby outside the legislative chamber. Lobbying in some form is inevitable in any political system.

And the  term 'lobbyist'  was derived from the act of standing in the lobbies right outside of voting chambers to influence lawmakers at the last minute.

1. They Are Master Communicators

First and foremost, every successful lobbyist is a master communicator. They state their objectives clearly and confidently without losing focus of their desired goal, which is crucial to a movement’s success. Solid communication skills are the foundation of any good argument, and that’s what a lobbyist needs to get results.

2. They Are Connected

Often, lobbyists have a clear inside scoop on an issue, granting them a unique perspective that allows them to credibly predict the outcome of a movement. They have a thorough understanding of the inner workings of a company or campaign, and they’re skilled at leveraging their experience to reach goals.

3. They Are Invested in a Cause

Many lobbyists hold causes close to their hearts. This is especially true at the local level, throughout grassroots movements that affect communities or certain groups. While data and statistics are important to lawmakers when it comes to backing a cause, they must first be captivated by a story. Legislators value getting to see exactly how an issue affects their constituents as its more compelling and human than graphs and charts.

4. They Are Bold

Finally, lobbyists take risks. They’re bold in how they go about spreading their messages. 


-sourced from USC Annenberg School of Journalism

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels

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Can lobbyists help working class people? A conversation with Oregon lobbyist Mike Selvaggio #11

Can lobbyists help working class people? A conversation with Oregon lobbyist Mike Selvaggio #11

You Talk It. We Live It.