ZDFzoom – Pulling Strings behind the Scenes

But how does a lobbyist do his job? How do they influence policy? How do they make sure their interests take precedence over others? And just how successful are they? Zoom-reporters Henno Osberghaus and Anna Grün went on the lobbyists’ trail and got an exclusive look into a world which normally remains hidden. Lobbyists don’t like letting others in on their secrets. That threatens their business model. Our reporters were able to accompany several lobbyists to work. For example, Helmuth Prinz, the head of the German Florists‘ Association, on his fight against an increase in the value added tax. They also met with Karl Jurka, a complete pro and “old timer” lobbyist who offers his services to anyone…if the price is right. And he makes no bones about it. The reporters accompanied these lobbyists as they met with Members of the Bundestag, made contacts and gathered inside information first hand. They led us to members-only places such as the China-Club. Lobbyists and elected officials meet there, so mere mortals have to wait at the door.

Broadcast date Mittwoch, 14. September 2011 um 22.45 Uhr im ZDF
Length 30'
Written and directed by: Henno Osberghaus
Author: Henno Osberghaus und Anna Grün
Editorial advisor: Christian Dezer (ZDF)
Production: Ulrike Römhild
Line producer: Anke Meyer
Producer: Brigitta Schübeler
Executive producer: Hartmut Klenke
Filming location: Deutschland