The Lobbying Blog

September 26, 2019

Agriculture Fairness Alliance is thrilled to be working with Lobbyists 4 Good to advocate for our interests in Washington D.C. AFA is an alliance of free-market libertarians, environmentalists, food & farmer equity advocates, and animal rights supporters. Our interests intersect in one important area: endi...

May 17, 2019

Unfortunately, when you mail your letter to Congress, it takes a long time to reach them. That is because when Congress started receiving letters that had anthrax and other harmful substances inside, all external letters started to get screened for harmful substances before being delivered. If your issu...

April 5, 2019

I started a lobbying campaign to shrink the livestock industry and help farmers transition to less destructive businesses. As you know, we spent most of February lobbying Congress to enact a pilot program to help farmers.  All 35 congressional offices we met with were on board with our idea - and many were...

November 28, 2018

If you looked at the name of our organization and felt a bit skeptical, we understand. The word lobbyist is so vilified and misunderstood that most Americans see lobbying as a problem in our democracy, not a potential solution to fix it.

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November 14, 2018

Lobbying is legal because it is guaranteed in the Constitution. The First Amendment of the Constitution states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people...

September 7, 2018

Myth: Lobbyists are unethical and will stop at nothing to win. Fact: Corruption is the exception, not the rule. There are unethical people in all professions, and lobbying is no different. Lobbying standards have greatly improved. Lobbyists are required to register with the Federal Government and report...

June 10, 2018

The Reality of Online Petitions in Advocacy Proponents of petitions assert that they help build an audience interested in a specific issue. In fact, petitions can be effective in simply bringing an issue to someone's attention. As signatures accumulate and a strong, united voice is formed, the media m...

May 23, 2018

Is Social Media effective at influencing Congress? In our comprehensive guide that teachers readers how to influence Congress and advocate for your issue, we have a chapter called The Seven Most Effective Ways To Contact Congress. After much deliberation, we decided that social media did not make the list...

May 11, 2018

If we want to level the playing field between everyday people and special interest groups, we HAVE to be smarter when reaching out to Congress. Yelling at members of Congress at a town hall meeting, storming people's offices to protest legislation, insulting people on social media, and complaining a...

May 7, 2018

The first step is to find the issue that is most important to you. It may seem like common sense, but this is where most people start off on the wrong foot. It can be hard to focus all of your passion and energy onto one issue, but you will be more successful if you do. If you are constantly calling your...

March 1, 2018

Researchers from Harvard University have confirmed that lobbyists are not professional bribers. After spending a year shadowing, examining and interviewing lobbyists, they were able to boil down what makes lobbyists so influential to two sentences: “Contrary to public misconception, the daily life of firm...

February 20, 2018

These examples illustrate how all three components to successful social movements — engaged individuals, political opportunity, and organizational infrastructure — must be, and remain, strong and stable for real change to occur. Of course, movement building is not an exact science, but we do know that havi...

February 7, 2018

Do My Phone Calls Make A Difference? Calling Congress is by far the easiest way to reach out to your elected official. It only takes a couple minutes to do, and if you call during business hours, you are likely to get an actual person to answer your call. But just because phone calls are easy to make, doe...

June 15, 2017

Horowitz’s stereotypical, corporate, money-loving lobbyist turns out to have been a key voice in passing the Americans with Disabilities Act.  He also interviewed Thomas Ponce, a young man who started a nonprofit group called Lobby for Animals.  He learns that anybody who seeks to influence a politician or...

April 24, 2017

In President Trump’s inaugural address, he described the United States’ relationship with the world as a zero-sum game, claiming that U.S. leaders had allowed other countries to become wealthy and powerful at the expense of American citizens. “From this moment on,” he declared, “it’s going to be America fi...

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