The Lobby Blog

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 9, 2017

Living in Washington, DC, and being surrounded by lobbyists, a lightbulb went off: if ordinary people were willing to put such large amounts of money into Bernie Sanders, maybe they’d be willing to spend some money on lobbying for those same policies also! Crowdfunding and the internet should make it possi...

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...

February 27, 2017

We remain steadfast in our belief that giving everyday Americans access to lobbyists will change our government for the better. Lobbyists working on behalf of the people will force our elected officials to pass laws that benefit all Americans, not just special interest groups, businesses, or wealthy donors...

February 12, 2017

Before then, I never thought there was lobbying being done for causes that helped other people. I just assumed they all were bad actors who were experts at legalized bribery. What I experienced was the opposite. They helped us succeed without making a single political donation and I was never asked to carr...

February 5, 2017

With congressional approval ratings consistently below 20% and never ending reports about how inefficient our government has become, we always wonder how we got to this point in, as Hamilton put it, our "grand experiment" of democracy. Partisan gridlock, entrenched incumbents, and the inability...

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