Porterfield, Lowenthal & Fettig, LLC begins with a strong understanding of the policy and politics behind every major piece of financial services legislation and significant regulatory initiative over the past decade. Our institutional knowledge and comprehensive understanding of the inner workings of Congress, including the major oversight committees, the White House, executive branch agencies, and independent regulators provide our clients with valuable assets that dramatically increase their probability of success. Not only do we understand how these policy making bodies operate institutionally, but we understand the votes, statements, philosophies and interests of the individuals who determine U.S. federal policy.
We also understand how the media affects policy debates and outcomes in Washington. The most successful public policy initiatives involve a mix of advocacy and strategic communication planning. Our experience developing winning messages, shaping media coverage, and building coalitions provides a critical boost to government relations efforts.
Understanding the mechanics of federal decision-making and how to break through in the 24-hour news cycle is only half the equation. We also understand the legitimate economic dynamics that drive the objectives of our clients. While we do not pretend to be experts in our clients’ fields of business, we do know that the purpose of business is to maximize profit. We know that our clients face relentless competition from the marketplace and that our clients have to be responsive and accountable to their investors, shareholders, directors, management, members and/or the public and press.
As such, we believe a constructive dialogue with federal officials and thought leaders is a long term investment that benefits our clients and produces better public policy decisions. Success in public policy depends on the knowledge of an issue, knowledge of the process, the presentation of the facts and the integrity of those communicating the message. Our consistent record of success suggests we excel at each of these.