February 12, 2001

Cornell Lobbyists Extol C.U. Virtues

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Two of Cornell’s lobbyists on Capitol Hill spent an evening with Cornell-in-Washington students last Thursday. Stephen Johnson, Cornell’s Assistant Vice President for Government Affairs, joined Elizabeth LaPolt, a Legislative Associate for the Office of Government Affairs, in pushing Cornell’s educational agenda here in Washington D.C.

“Most people have funny visions of what a lobbyist is,” Johnson said, attempting to dispel many of the negative connotations associated with the profession. He likened lobbying to skillful saleswork in an arena where connections are key.

But in this case, Johnson explained, he and LaPolt have a more noble charge than those who lobby on behalf of corporations like oil companies. “Liz and I are selling a good product