Relations: major component of corporate public affairs, esp. in highly
with government on projects
employees to participate in political process
government relations specialty. $1.42 billion spent in 1998
directed to influence legislation/regulation
are registered, but many others participate.
1995 Lobbying Reform Bill defines
a lobbyist as someone hired to influence lawmakers, government officials
or their aids, and who spends at least 20 percent of his or her time representing
any client in a six-month period.
Lobbyingno rules or regulations. Use of advocacy advertising, toll-free
phone lines, bulk faxing, mass e-mails.
Misuse under the cover of front
groups could be unethical.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS OBJECTIVES IN GOVERNMENT
public about people's business
feedback to administrators
management how to communicate
administrators about mass media
LOCATIONS FOR GOVERNMENT PUBLIC AFFAIRS
City information services
Information VS Public Relations
Contradictory fact: Government needs to inform
its citizens but the law (the 1913 Gillette Amendment) prohibits the government
to use taxpayer money to persuade American public or to hire publicity
experts. Thus the titles of the practitioners are public information officer,
public affairs officer/director, press secretary, BUT NEVER public relations