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Hi Justin et al
As a non American this thread struck me as odd, because I have always assumed that political lobbying was an instrumental part of the political landscape in the US. Consequently, I thought that the CAA would have been doing that already.
From the little understanding I have on lobbying, it appears that this is the only way to get the dollars needed to fund research etc and that certain health groups spend super huge sums on the political lobbying process (and all the little incidentals it entails), having a full time presence at Washington etc. I also understood though, this takes serious money.
I think it is an important strategy and can serve short and long term goals. You might need to find a generous benefactor to back this. Start small though and grow.
A worthwhile project.
Can I ask, in an ideal world where you had this money and the ear of politians - what would you be immediately lobbying for?
As someone in this thread pointed out - money to the CDC etc never really helped the cause. What do you think would and would make the difference?