Government Relations Notes

Define: Includes all forms of lobbying and non-lobbying activities that have the ultimate goal of influencing public policy.

Government Relations is often referred to as Government Affairs or Public Affairs.

-Different functions Govt. Relations resides within:

  • Legal
  • Communication
  • Corporate affairs
  • A business unit

Key Audiences:

  • Congress
  • Executive branch

Setting the company’s Govt. Relations Agenda:

  • Varies by company
  • Not just from the top-down, nor just from the bottom-up.
  • Healthy collaboration.
  • Must be realistic.

Lobbying Consultants help by:

  • Intelligence gathering
  • Strategic Counsel
  • Direct lobbying
  • Communication

Best practices in Govt. Relations:

  1. Shoot straight
  2. Be consistent
  3. Your issues
  4. Know your audience
  5. Know your “ask”
  6. Know your environment
  7. Offer solutions
  8. Listen
  9. Be adaptive
  10. Believe your own rhetoric
  11. Play by the rules
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