Swedish Social Democrats party attracted more lobbyists’ at their conferences than the other parties
Sunday, 20 October 2013
The Social Democrat party has tended to attract more lobbyists than
their more presumed business friendly opponents such as the
Conservatives - usually described as a party for business and small
government. More companies and interest
groups are flocking into the General conference of the socialists party, more than could
have been expected. Could it be that it is now clear that Social democrats
would lead the next government?
Leaders of the lobbying groups are energy and healthcare companies
which are investing very well, the most in seeing if there are ways to
influence politicians in the Social Democrats and thus becomes the
party that attracts the largest number of lobbyists at its congress,
according to Swedish media reports.
Companies and interest groups are lobbying political party when they
meet to discuss issues affecting their party and how their ideas could
move the country forward. The Social Democrats are the party that
attracts the most, according to Swedish daily, Dagens Nyheter.
Social Democrat congress Gothenburg 2003/Granscole
The latest Social Democrat congress attracted over 80 external
exhibitors (companies and various organisation) compared to government
parties that received a visit from 15 to 20 companies at their party
Primarily, energy and healthcare companies have chosen to lead in this
crusade be in place. Social Democrats has also attracted companies
active in the area of infrastructure.
For the side of the moderate party, here one can find associations such
as Tenants Association and the Swedish Association for Senior Citizens,
workers Union, Unionen and the Teachers' Union, but also
representatives of commercial industries whose existence is based on
“Many are invited to exhibit in our larger meetings or AGMs. We do not
demand that exhibitors should sympathize with our policies and
represent our views. Should any exhibitor deemed to be controversial,
we take it case by case,” comments Moderates press Officer, Anna
One factor that stand clear leading to the choices made by the lobbying
organisations is that it looks set that the Social Democrats will lead
the next government. Despite all attempts made by the incumbent, their
poll numbers continue to struggle as it has been for the past year.
Therefore companies have started presenting themselves with the
possible winners of the future.
The far right party, Sweden Democrats has presented itself as a party
that no company is openly willing to support. It has therefore
decoupled from the rest of the Swedish political family in terms of
interest from companies and organizations. Who would want to be openly
seen with a company that preach from the Nazi bible…?
“We'll see what happens in November, but what I know is that no one has
expressed interest to be involved,” says Martin Kinnunen, Sweden
Democrat's press officer.
By Scancomark.com Team