It would be a mistake to suppose that AALEP exists to serve the narrow, self-directed and parochial interests of its individual members, even though it is directly supportive in a constructive sense of those whose business is Public Affairs, Advocacy and Lobbying. Efforts in continuing education, professional standards and economics should expand. There is an obvious benefit to both the Public Affairs practitioners and the public in a proficient, efficient and disciplined organisation whose members render high quality services and perform according to high ethical standards. Admittedly AALEP exists to support its members in a broader sense. However, as Public Affairs practitioners we have responsibiities to society that transcend and are not derivative from the benefits and privileges we enjoy. AALEP's objective must be to provide the means for Public Affairs practitioners to achieve collectively in terms of public good what is beyond their abilities individually.  

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