We envision a level the playing field between the people, corporations and special interest groups.
Corporate lobbyists have hijacked our democracy. While their profits soar, wages remain flat, health care costs have skyrocketed, and quality of life has gone down.
Hiring lobbyists to work on behalf of the people is the best way to counter corporate influence on our political system. By fighting fire with fire, we can finally have a larger seat at the table. Our innovative crowdfunding platform gives us a better way to get our voice heard in Congress.
Co-Founder & CEO
Billy DeLancey is Co-founder and CEO of Lobbyists 4 Good and has over 12 years of experience in government and advocacy. Prior to starting Lobbyists 4 Good, he served as the Communications Manager for WASH Advocates, Policy Analyst at USDA's Food and Nutrition Service, and a Peace Corps Volunteer in the country of Vanuatu. He has extensive experience in lobbying, advocacy, and government relations, having successfully led campaigns to increase funding for the US Institute of Peace as well as increasing funding for USAID funded water projects.
Callie is a Co-founder of Lobbyists 4 Good. She previously served as The Foundations Relations Manager at The Committee For Economic Development and Program Director for the Althea Foundation. She has 13 years of professional experience working with nonprofits, universities, foundations, and advocacy groups. She received her MBA from the University of Oxford's Said Business School in the UK, where she specialized in nonprofit management and social entrepreneurship.
Vice President of Communications
Sara is a veteran communicator with nearly 20 years of experience. She has been nationally recognized for campaigns in crisis communications, media strategy, and was awarded PR News PR Professional of the Year in 2016. Sara refined her skills for 11 years as senior communications specialist and media strategist at the National Education Association in Washington, D.C. Prior to NEA, Sara spent five years in media logistics and relations for the United States Senate Radio-TV Gallery in the U.S. Capitol. She holds an M.S. in Journalism and a B.A. in Mass Communication from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT.
Times is an attorney who, as a class-action lawyer, knows how effective it can be when many ordinary people pool their resources to take on the rich and powerful. He joined the board of Lobbyists 4 Good because he believes deeply in exploring strategies for leveling the playing field between ordinary Americans and entrenched special interests, and thinks that crowdfunded lobbying is one way to do so.
Kyle is a principal with BlueWater Strategies and an advisor to Lobbyists 4 Good. He spent ten years on Capitol Hill serving as Legislative Director and Chief Policy Advisor to Congressman Ralph Hall. Kyle was professional staff on the Energy and Environment Subcommittee while Hall was Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, and he handled the Congressman’s Energy & Commerce portfolio.
Gabe has dedicated his career to being a proponent for hard-working, low-income families. He recently launched a venture of his own, called Create&, where he is co-founder and CEO. Gabe has worked for various members of Congress, both in California and Washington D.C., including California Senator Barbara Boxer, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, and Congressman Eric Swalwell.
Matt is a Vice President at Oceanic Partners, a VC Firm providing access to secondary private market opportunities offering bespoke liquidity options for individual and institutional holders of private equity. Prior to his work at Oceanic, Matt worked in Bloomberg's capital markets research division, Bloomberg Intelligence, where he focused on actionable intellectual property and litigation trends impacting the financial markets. Prior to Bloomberg, Matt worked as a patent litigator in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., representing clients in private negotiations, U.S. District Court, the U.S. Patent Office, and U.S. International Trade Commission.
Annie is a results-driven development executive with years of experience creating innovative strategic fundraising and corporate partnership plans for large nonprofit organizations and government entities. Annie's strong determination and passion for growing nonprofits has benefited a variety of organizations focused on issues ranging from health care to military history, to financial education. Annie founded Pursuit to bring her unique, hands-on fundraising approach to nonprofits seeking to maximize their scale and impact.
A Message from our CEO
If you looked at the name of our organization and felt a bit skeptical, we understand. The word lobbying is so misunderstood that most Americans see lobbying as a problem in our democracy, not a potential solution to fix it.
Unfortunately, everyday people have little influence on our political process. While grassroots advocacy groups are great at organizing protests, marches, and phone call campaigns to Congress, their efforts are no match for the thousands of lobbyists that descend on Capitol Hill every day.
There are many public interest groups and nonprofits that lobby Congress; however, for every dollar they spend on lobbying, businesses and their associations spend $34. The largest companies have upwards of 100 lobbyists representing them, allowing them to be everywhere, all the time.
Lobbyists 4 Good is the solution to this imbalance. Our crowdfunding platform enables everyday Americans to raise money through small donations and hire lobbyists to work on their behalf. Individuals submit lobbying campaign ideas on our website, and if they meet our Founding Principles, we host the campaigns on our platform. If a campaign meets its fundraising goal, we find and hire a lobbyist to work on the issue.
Our model has already proven successful. In 2017, our lobbying work led to a $2.5 million increase for the US Institute of Peace. Currently, we are lobbying on behalf of a woman from California to implement a pilot program that will reduce the impact Animal Ag has on the planet. Since Lobbyists 4 Good launched in 2016, over 50 individuals have started lobbying campaigns on our crowdfunding platform.
I invite you to explore all the lobbying campaigns that courageous individuals have already started on our platform in order to get their voice heard in government or start a lobbying campaign of your own.
Keep fighting the good fight!
Co-founder & CEO