Political Consultants (or “lobbyists”) are employed by a wide range of organisations which need to understand and engage with the policy making process.
Analysis of the APPC Register in 2005 showed that, although a majority of clients (around 60%) were from the private sector, significant numbers of clients were from other sectors.
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In short, the myth that political consultancies are used only by large companies is not supported by the evidence. In fact, significant numbers of APPC clients are charities and campaigning groups, trade associations, professional bodies, trade unions and other not-for-profit organisations.