FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Billy DeLancey, 202-333-0517
September 14, 2016
LAUNCHING TODAY: THE FIRST ADVOCACY ORGANIZATION TO CROWDFUND LOBBYING
Lobbyists 4 Good collects small donations to hire top lobbyists in DC to work on issues that benefit the common good.
Washington, D.C., September 14, 2016 – Lobbyists 4 Good, a new non-profit advocacy organization, launches today with the ambitious goal of restoring democracy and getting the government working for the people. The organization will achieve this by giving US citizens access the most effective and influential form of advocacy, professional lobbying.
With their crowdfunding model, everyday Americans will be able to donate to cover a portion of a lobbyist’s hourly rate. Once the organization has raised enough money to cover the hourly fee, a lobbying firm or a self-employed lobbyist will conduct a high-level meeting with a member of Congress or their staff to lobby for bipartisan legislation.
“We started Lobbyists 4 Good to give people the same amount of influence in the political process as corporations and wealthy donors,” says Billy DeLancey, co-founder and Executive Director of Lobbyists 4 Good. “Protests, letters, and tweets only go so far and people are left feeling angry that their voices are not heard.” Billy adds, “Change in government takes time and you have to be smart, strategic, and persistent. Lobbyists 4 Good enables everyday Americans to hire lobbyists who have political influence beyond what a constituent has with their individual representative in Congress. Our lobbyists can access the right people, at the right time, with the right message, to make a real and lasting change.”
Their first campaign, Investing in Peace, is already underway and is focusing on increasing funding for the U.S. Institute of Peace to scale up their conflict resolution and peacebuilding programs in Iraq. In the future, Lobbyists for this campaign will also work to increase appropriations for the U.S. Peace Corps and, once important reforms are in place at the United Nations, funding for U.N. Peacekeeping missions.
In 2017, Lobbyists 4 Good will launch their second campaign, Restoring Democracy. Lobbyists for this campaign will work to pass legislation to restore the Voting Rights Act, implement a small donor financing system for elections, end the toxic practice of Gerrymandering, and reform the FEC to actually enforce the laws that currently exist.
All future Lobbyists 4 Good campaigns will meet certain criteria: issues must be Bipartisan, under-represented on Capitol Hill, and must benefit the Common Good. Future campaigns will be suggested by the public and will be chosen by their supporters.
(Update: This is no longer the model Lobbyists 4 Good is using. See our press release, "Lobbyists 4 Good changes their model," to learn about our new model.)
In order to protect the 501 (c) 4 organization from the influence of large donors, Lobbyists 4 Good has established a donation limit of $5,000 dollars per person per the calendar year. Any donations larger than $5,000 will be automatically donated to their affiliated 501 (c) 3 organization, which does not conduct any lobbying activities but instead educates the public about their issues and brings together relevant partners.
Further, because Lobbyists 4 Good advocates for fixing democracy by limiting the influence of money in our campaign system, the organization has decided not to donate to any political campaign at any level of government, even if the candidate is a champion for their cause or one of their issues.
If you would like more information about the launch, please contact our co-founder and CEO, Billy DeLancey, at 202-333-0517 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.