It may be recess, but major groups are ramping up ahead of lame duck lobbying. The Business Roundtable is already mobilizing its state members to coalesce around a common message: economic uncertainty = bad for business.
The national roundtable is asking state groups and executives to underscore to federal lawmakers just how dismal the economic outlook will be if Congress doesn't act quickly to avoid sequestration cuts, and to provide signals on whether comprehensive tax reform will happen by year's end. BRT released an economic outlook survey last week showing that CEOs aren't all that optimistic about sales or hiring within the next six months.
There are about 45 states with roundtables, and several dozen are already on board with the strategy. BRT declined to provide dollar figures on the effort, which is being backed by the Business Industry PAC.
This strategy is similar to the one employed by BRT on permanent normal trade relations with Russia. For that, BRT spent "well into six figures" on a countrywide campaign, Roundtable senior vice president Bill Miller had told the Alley.