Presidential. Lobbies make their pub

We know the presidential elections are an opportunity to strategic changes in the running of a state. The weather promises to one another, requests for others. Lobbies and presidential could be the theme of an upcoming issue of the show "Com'en policy" on CPAC for which I was asked my opinion. As is often the case when working on a particular theme, the brain turns on, it is not stopped otherwise, it automatically mark a bit like a computer working in the background , elements on one of the themes of awakening. It was not necessary to go far to find food about me.

The content of the advertising pages of the edition of the newspaper Le Monde on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 was the example.

In this edition of the newspaper of reference, no less than four advertisements for various organizations.

Here are the illustrations.

The first for the National Network of Departmental Destination.

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This organization brings together tourism organizations departmental wishes, depending on their context, show that tourism is a local and national issue for the country. After a reminder about the importance of this sector in the economy, 85 million foreign customers, 1.8 million jobs, 6.6% of GDP .... The organization requesting the establishment of a Supreme Council Terrtitoires of the restoration of a Ministry of Tourism ...

Thus, tax-funded agencies, those raised by the General Councils are used to finance, in part, the actions taken to convince the state to hear their demands.

The second belongs to the animal cause for great national march for animals held in Nimes, mecca of bullfighting , which is likely no coincidence, on March 24 "to 14 hours in front of the station."

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The third comes from SIRTI, the union of independent radio stations requesting that digital terrestrial radio is not reserved only for major media and denounces the future potential monopoly.

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The fourth comes from Médecins du Monde about the French healthcare system with a provocative question "The best health care system in the world?" And answer: "¼ people who consult us seek treatment too late" and a statement "there are policies that make them sick." We applaud the pun.

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Why so much pressure and mobilization for these organizations?

Several reasons for this.

- The context of the presidential election in France where we consider the future president as a providential man, capable of separating a sea in two, solving the world's problems and incidentally those of the French.

- A competition increasingly exacerbated among interest groups. In lean times, it is clear that decisions, including tax and public priorities will be taken. Some will be at the expense of industries that by offensive or defensive actions seek to show their existence.

- Finally, because behind the presidential election looming parliamentary elections. Members to be elected in June are those who vote the laws, amendments, put in front of the stage some thematic rather than others in the context of highly charged parliamentary year where all possible laws do not have the time to be considered. The stakes are high for these pressure groups.

What ROI?

ROI: Return on Investment or ROI. What good is spending money in advertising?

According to the daily rate , that on page 5, for tourism, cost, list price 2011 138 000 euros.

When such a sum is invested, necessarily impact is expected.

The first may be that changing the attitude of candidates against him. It may also have an internal objective in issuing organization, by showing financial partners or members of the reality of his actions.

The campaigns also sought public opinion, by the hearing of the world, to raise awareness with regard to these issues, here tourism, animals, RNT, and exclusion from health care, which are not the dominant themes of the election campaigns.

The future will tell if the investment of these lobbies have been effective.

Mikaël Cabon

NB. It is interesting to note that one of the leaders of the World Water Forum lambasted the lack of candidates for this event to be held in Marseille this week and also deplore the absence of the theme of water in the countryside .

In parallel, the meeting of the French Association of Private Companies ( AFEP) invited François Hollande, Nicolas Sarkozy and François Bayrou to speak to the big bosses on the axes of their economic program on Tuesday in Paris.

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