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Examples

Examples here should be no mystery, but for the sake of completeness, here are some possibilities:

  1. The mayor of your city can influence matters relating to your local activities including property, zoning, parking, and so on.

  2. The chief political office holder(s) in your county can also influence matters relating to your local activities including property, zoning, parking, and so on.

  3. The district attorney, state or federal, can be instrumental in defining how he or she will enforce a law that has a particularly acute bearing upon your business.

  4. The county sheriff or chief of police can sometimes work with you regarding how he or she will enforce or manage the enforcement of laws within his or her purview, including traffic, traffic patterns, signs, and so on.

  5. The governor or state legislators can make or amend state laws that have a bearing upon your business.

  6. The administration in Washington (from the president through all the cabinet-level agencies) has enormous power, particularly in the areas covered by the cabinet secretaries. If you don’t like what you see, and if you cannot prevail there, turn east and visit your congressman or senator.[2] Almost all the time they have a mirror image of legislative activity.

    [2] Capitol Hill is about 2 miles east southeast of the White House.

  7. Congress can be very helpful where both the house and the senate deliberate upon statutory protections and exemptions that are inserted into the laws each and every day.

  8. Quasi-independent agencies such as the FCC can be rich sources of political leverage that you should treat much as if they were cabinet agencies (the distinctions are too subtle for you to be concerned about).

  9. Staff leaders in all levels of all government (federal, state, and local) are the people who manage and oversee the process much like the First Sergeants in an infantry platoon. They can often succeed in situations where you do not need to visit with their bosses (the politicians).

  10. Leadership of the political parties can be extremely powerful because they often control the flow of cash and other political support necessary to ensure re-election.

  11. Be aware that all the political counterparts to all the people that you have contacted on the list above are splendid backups for you—don’t let the wrong election outcome terminate your business.


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