The Lobby Blog

March 28, 2020

Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions. Our email is hello@lobbyists4good.org or you can give us a call at 202-779-4443. Updates as of March 27th, 2020: November 2018: The campaign reached its initial $5,000 goal and Lobbyists 4 Good started the process of finding a lobbyist and...

March 11, 2020

“I think, too often, lobbying is associated with former Members trying to use their experience to parlay it for personal financial gain.” said Driehaus. “But lobbying is also necessary to educate current Members about injustices that persist around the world. It is a way to give voice to the voiceless. Tha...

February 20, 2020

Her campaign was the first on the Lobbyists 4 Good website to meet the required $5,000 target. Fundraising continues (they hope to get to $10,000 in the next six weeks) but Lobbyists 4 Good have already started recruiting a lobbyist to get to work when Congress returns in January. "People like Laur...

February 6, 2020

Unfortunately, everyday people have little  ​​ influence on our political process. While grassroots advocacy groups are great at organizing protests and 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...

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

                                       

Our democracy is in trouble because ordinary people have little influence on the political process. While traditional advocacy groups are great at organizing protests, march...

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 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...

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