Fred VanNatta

Abstract/Description: Interview with Fred VanNatta. VanNatta Public Relations, 1969-2005. Fred VanNatta (June 22, 2017) descends from a long line of family members involved in politics. He extended that family legacy by first studying political science at Willamette University, and then engaging in the political process first-hand as a lobbyist in Salem for more than three decades. His first clients were the Association of Engineering Employees of Oregon, and the Oregon State Homebuilders Association, and they remained clients for many years. He sees a lobbyist as the person who provides the facts and statistics to lawmakers to write good bills and that mistakes included in the information provided to legislators must be corrected immediately because: "Your personal credibility is the most significant thing that you have in the legislative process." Some significant legislation he was involved in getting passed was the bonding of construction contractors and SB 100 on land use planning. In one unique instance, VanNatta and his client the Oregon State Homebuilder's Association found the provisions of a bill passed in the regular session brought the residential construction industry to a virtual halt, and as such that the mistake had to remedied promptly.
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VanNatta, Fred -- Interviews
Lobbyists -- Oregon -- Interviews
Oregon -- Politics and government
Date Issued: 20172017