|Collectors' money going on |
attacking conservation instead
of responsible collaboration
From 201to 2014 the IAPN also retained DLM Group to do some lobbying for them, paying them between 10 and 40 k annually for this.
The DLM Group ("get Washington on your side, get Congress to work for you") provides you with a full-service government relations presence. DLM’s extensive capabilities serve a myriad of client requirements, including: Lobbying and Advocacy, Risk Management, Business Development, Brand Awareness.Well, they are going to have an uphill battle fighting against the bad impression people like Cultural Property Observer present the outside world with their constant sniping and ad hominem attacks.
We find the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) also paid McDermott, Will and Emery $10,000 for lobbying on their behalf in 2003, but apparently no other sums were paid for any lobbying after that.
According to the material presented by CRP, the IAPN alone have spent $173,000 of their members' money on Peter Tompa's disruptive 'lobbying' and an additional $115,000 on DLM representation. The choice was made to spend $288000 on these types of activities instead of investing in a project which could increase the standing of the numismatic community the IAPN represents. For example the Association might have commissioned a study examining the issues the no-questions-asked trade in ancient coins raises and discussing practical means of addressing them (updated codes of practice, recommendations on documentation, a pilot scheme of the sort of inventory of antiquities proposed by Pearlstein and others etc). They might have used some of these funds to put together working parties and seminars to explore these issues, working with representatives of heritage communities. Instead they basically seem to have been intent on using their members money in a manner to finance alienation, discord, dissent and dismissal of any notions of norms of working together with other groups for the good of the finite resource which their trade so freely exploits. Time will tell if they invested wisely.
Maybe the IAPN would like to sit down and write a report on what, precisely, progress has been made, what legislation has been improved, what public good has accrued from these twelve years of lobbying at a cost of $288,000of their members money. What, exactly, have they achieved for their members by the decisions they have been taking on the means to adopt in interaction with heritage professionals?