The Lobby Blog

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

March 1, 2017

This week, over 100 Returned Peace Corps Volunteers will descend on Capitol Hill for the 13th annual National Day of Action, organized by the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA). They will spend the day telling personal Peace Corps stories, highlighting the important work that Peace Corps does, and ask...

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