How To Lobby in an Era of Divided Government with Bill Marler


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Food safety attorney Bill Marler's presentation at the 2011 Guiding Lights Weekend in Seattle on how to lobby for your cause in an era of divided government.

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How To Lobby in an Era of Divided Government with Bill Marler

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  2. 2. In The Beginning<br />The Pure Food and Drug Act of June 30, 1906 was the United States Federal Law that provided federal inspection of meat products and forbade the manufacture, sale, or transportation of adulterated food products.<br />
  3. 3. The Jungle’s Unintended Consequences<br />“Pierces the thickest skull and most leathery heart.”Winston Churchill<br />"I aimed at the public's heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach.”Upton Sinclair<br />
  4. 4. Food Safety By The Numbers<br />The CDC estimates that 48 million foodborne illness cases occur in the United States every year.  At least 128,000 Americans are hospitalized, and 3,000 die after eating contaminated food. <br />
  5. 5. Northwest Connection<br />1992 and 1993<br />Over 600 people sickened in six States <br />Mostly children <br />50 acute kidney failure <br />4 deaths<br />
  6. 6. Impact On Public Policy<br />Jack in the Box today has the highest quality ground beef that I believe is available in North America. … But our products, I will not guarantee, are free of pathogens in the raw state.<br />
  7. 7. Public Involvement<br />S.T.O.P.<br />C.S.P.I.<br />Make our Food Safe<br />
  8. 8. The 1994 Revolution<br />Politics and Philosophy Matter<br />
  9. 9. 2006 – Magic Moment?<br />Spinach –205 sickened and 5 deaths<br />Peanut Butter – 746 sickened and 3 years of product recalled<br />House and Senateparty switch<br />
  10. 10. Well, Not Quite So Fast<br />2007 E. coli-poisoned (hamburger) paralyzed dancer – Front Page of New York Times and a Pulitzer Prize<br />2009 E. coli-poisoned (cookie dough) mother of six – Front Page Washington Post<br />
  11. 11. What About Industry?<br />Tomato, errr, Pepper Outbreak<br />PB 2 - $1 Billion in Recall and Economic Losses<br />
  12. 12. 2009 – The Magic Moment<br />Consumers and Industry Coming Together<br />
  13. 13. Well, Not So Fast<br />
  14. 14. Working To The End<br />
  15. 15. “WE” Won!<br />
  16. 16. Well, Not Quite Yet<br />"I would not identify it as something that will necessarily be zeroed out, but it is quite possible it will be scaled back if it is significant overreach," said Rep. Kingston, who is likely to become chairman of the subcommittee when Republicans assume control of the House in January.<br />"We still have a food supply that's 99.99 percent safe," Rep. Kingston said in an interview. "No one wants anybody to get sick, and we should always strive to make sure food is safe. But the case for a $1.4 billion expenditure isn't there."<br />
  17. 17. What Are You Doing In 2011?<br />
  18. 18. What Should Have Been Done Differently?<br /><ul><li>More bi-partisan?
  19. 19. More money?</li></li></ul><li>Why Engage In Public Life?<br />Self Interest?<br />Make a Difference for the Better?<br />
  20. 20. Questions? Contact Marler Clark<br />Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm<br />1301 Second Avenue<br />Suite 2800<br />Seattle, WA 98101-3808<br />206-346-1888<br /><br />