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GOVT-523The Art and Craft of Lobbying (3-4)
Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate
The Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute (PAAI) is an intensive two-week program in major aspects of professional lobbying and influencing the policymaking process featuring speakers from the American University faculty and prominent professional lobbyists representing corporations, trade, and professional associations, public interest and other citizen groups, labor unions, as well as law and lobbying firms. The institute examines the full range of strategies and tactics pursued by organized interests and their lobbyists in attempting to gain access, obtain and exchange information, and influence policy makers in Congress and the executive branch. Student teams create a strategic lobbying plan on an important current public policy issue for a prospective client and present it to a professional panel. Prerequisite: GOVT-110 or GOVT-620. Restriction: minimum 2.5 GPA.