I don't know about you, but the Occupy Wall Street movement doesn't make much sense. I understand the protesters are mad and frustrated at the system, but seriously — come up with a list of grievances, a coordinated message, a plan for moving forward.Every interview I hear it's something different from campaign finance, corporate greed, the Electoral College, legalizing marijuana to investing in transportation. I'm just confused.
Don't get me wrong. I like the dedication. Camping out night after night to show that you are committed to a cause, that's great. You haven't showered in two weeks, your clothes smell, you have made some clever signs and amassed an amazing amount of press coverage. All good things.
But what issue are you pushing, what injustice are you trying to solve, who are you trying to reach and why are you camping out in the middle of downtown D.C. and hundreds of locations across the world?
We can hear you, but we don't know what you are saying. So listen up Occupy Wall Street People. You need help! And this may seem counterintuitive, but you need a lobbyist!
Having worked in federal affairs for over a decade I've learned one thing - If you don't ask for something, you won't get it. Here are three simple questions to keep in mind as you are shivering in your tent tonight. After this, I start charging:
- What do you really want?
- How can the federal government be of assistance?
It's the third question that requires the most assistance from lobbyists. But until you have answered these three simple questions, your protest to me is just one big camping trip that's getting cold and dreary with the arrival of winter.
So, when you figure out what you want, give me a call.
Find out about CFM's Federal Lobbying team based in Washington, D.C.