There is an old adage in Washington: “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu”.  Not being part of the discussion can cost businesses and associations dearly when legislators and bureaucrats negotiate laws or rules under which we must operate. Every day, decisions are made inside the Beltway which have dramatic effects on the people who make America work. Lobbyit was formed to take back the lobbying industry. We provide basic and transparent services starting at just $995 per month. Our structure and ethos eliminate the barriers to entry for those who, for too long, could not afford to participate in decisions that impacted their lives, businesses and industries. Lobbyit’s new breed of lobbyists know the United States is supposed to be a government of the people and for the people. Let us help you amplify your voice in the corridors of power.

MEET THE TEAM

Our core staff is quite simply the best there is. Managing the day-to-day operations of our rapidly expanding practice takes the brightest talent available. We are proud to call them ours.

Paul Kanitra, Founder & President

Paul Kanitra, Founder and President of Lobbyit, is a prominent, nationally recognized leader and innovator at the forefront of a groundbreaking movement in the Washington lobbying industry. Paul brings with him over a decade of unique and varied legislative experience and a political background that includes work in Congress on behalf of large and small corporations, non-profit associations, municipalities and Native American reservations. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Government Relations Professionals and as Chairman of the Standards & Ethics Committee.

After many successes in the lobbying industry, Paul has leveraged his contacts, expertise, resources, and reputation to establish a dynamic, cutting-edge lobbying firm with a revolutionary business model. His firm, Lobbyit provides comprehensive, professional, and affordable representation to a diverse clientele. By making the services of Washington DC lobbyists accessible to a broader client population, Lobbyit provides a voice to companies and organizations that have had little or no representation in the past.

Featured in prominent national publications such as The Washington Post, WallStreetJournal.com, and Worth Magazine, Lobbyit has quickly become a major player in the DC lobbying industry. Since founding the company early in 2009, Paul has scored significant victories for a wide range of clients in appropriations, taxes, licensing, data access, consumer protections, and land usage. He has led efforts and built alliances that have resulted in regulatory changes, widespread Congressional support, and numerous legislative successes.

As the leader of this new class of lobbying firms, Paul is especially proficient at building coalitions and mobilizing grassroots efforts to strengthen his clients’ voices. His prowess at government relations ensures he is able to meet his client’s numerous legislative and regulatory goals. Paul believes strongly in running a lobbying firm for the rest of us.

Originally from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, Paul graduated from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. He is a member of the American League of Lobbyists and active in multiple philanthropic organizations such as Hoops for Hope and Clean Ocean Action.

Keith B. Nelson, Executive Vice President

Keith B. Nelson is an attorney and former prosecutor with extensive government experience at both the state and Federal level. Prior to joining Washington DC lobbying firm Lobbyit, Mr. Nelson ran the Offices of Legislative Affairs for two Federal Cabinet-level agencies – The U.S Department of Justice, and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. In both these positions, he managed agency-wide issue portfolios, advised the Attorney General and Director of National Drug Control Policy on a daily basis, and was the primary liaison and chief negotiator between the agencies and Congress. At DOJ, he was named to the Federal Senior Executive Service.

Subsequent to DOJ, Mr. Nelson served as an Associate Deputy General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Defense, preparing cases against suspected terrorists detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, before assuming his current Washington DC lobbying role.

Mr. Nelson began his career in government as legislative staff to Pete V. Domenici, where he was responsible for health care and entitlement policy. During his tenure with Senator Domenici, he wrote and negotiated the 1996 Mental Health Parity Act (42 USCS §300gg-5), the seminal Federal law requiring private health insurers to cover mental illness more on par with physical illnesses. For these efforts, he was named “Congressional Staff Member of the Year” by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. Mr. Nelson then joined the consulting firm The EOP Group, where he counseled a variety of Fortune 500 companies on various aspects of Executive Branch regulatory drafting, promulgation and enforcement, focusing primarily on energy, environmental, and health care policy,

Mr. Nelson graduated cum laude from The American University Washington College of Law, where he was a member of and published in the Law Review. During law school, he clerked at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Maryland, the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, and at the U.S. International Trade Commission. Subsequent to law school, Mr. Nelson spent three years as an Assistant District Attorney in Allegheny County, PA in the Trial and Appellate Divisions, where he successfully argued in front of appellate panels of the Pennsylvania Superior Court, and conducted numerous jury and bench trials. Mr. Nelson is a Member of the Pennsylvania State Bar, and is admitted to practice in The United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Max Perkins, Vice President

Max Perkins began his career on Capitol Hill in 2008 as a non-partisan staffer for the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. While serving the Rules Committee, Mr. Perkins worked under the direction of distinguished leaders in Congress, such as Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and current Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY), as well as former-Senator Robert Bennett (R-UT). Mr. Perkins’ responsibilities at the Committee included research and analysis of Senate rules and procedure, including legal research of the Senate’s filibuster rules; assisting in the management of Committee operations, serving as a staff liaison to Senators assigned to the Committee; and coordinating and moderating the annual Summer Intern Lecture Series, which brings high-profile lecturers from politics and pop culture to Capitol Hill. He fondly recalls successful engagements with former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Army General (Ret.) Colin Powell, famed political prognosticator Charlie Cook, political journalist Cokie Roberts, and MSNBC Political Contributor Chris Cillizza.

Before joining Lobbyit as its Vice President in 2017, Mr. Perkins spent 7 years at Van Scoyoc Associates, the largest independently-owned lobbying firm in Washington, D.C., representing state, county, and local government agencies. Mr. Perkins continued his non-partisan professional development while at VSA, assisting state and local agencies with issue development and advocacy before Congress and the Executive Branch. Mr. Perkins covered a broad swath of domestic policy areas including appropriations and budget initiatives, natural resources management, transportation and water infrastructure policy and funding, public health and safety initiatives, floodplain management policy, and regulatory intervention. Most notably, Mr. Perkins successfully advocated for National Flood Insurance Program reform, which prevented the federal government from mandating flood insurance coverage and local building restrictions for communities already protected by resilient flood control structures. The elimination of the problematic language from the 2012 NFIP policy reauthorization legislation saved individuals, businesses, and governments nationwide hundred of millions of dollars in unnecessary flood insurance premiums and protected community redevelopment initiatives nationwide. Max has also been successful in advocating for federal funding for gray and green flood control infrastructure, water desalination plant construction, community engagement programs for Alzheimer’s patients, community redevelopment projects, and wildfire resiliency initiatives.

As Lobbyit’s newest team member, Mr. Perkins serves a diverse client roster, including industry associations, professional societies, municipal governments, non-profits, and privately-owned corporations. He brings a non-partisan approach to advocacy; seeking to build lasting relationships in government for his clients. Mr. Perkins offers strategic intelligence and advise that allows Lobbyit’s partners to successfully navigate the often treacherous waters of the Federal City.

Mr. Perkins is especially honored to have had the unique opportunity to serve as a Staff Assistant to the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies in preparation of the 2009 swearing-in ceremony of President Barak Obama. He was trusted with organizing and coordinating over 100 volunteers on inauguration day and will forever remember spending time that day with Barbara Bush, Henry and Jenna Hager, and former Heavyweight Champion Muhammed Ali.

Mr. Perkins received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and lives in Alexandria, VA with his wife, Caitlyn, and son, Luke.

Jason Ortega, Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs

Jason Ortega is a licensed attorney and MBA from Columbus, Ohio. Jason joined Lobbyit in the summer of 2015 as Manager of Legislative & Regulatory Analysis. Previously, Jason’s policy positions include a Fellowship with Monument Policy Group, a government relations firm in Washington, DC, as well as working as a senior aide for an at-large DC Council seat campaign.

At Lobbyit, Jason monitors a wide variety of legislative and regulatory activity relevant to our clients’ needs, conducting in-depth analysis on such issues, and preparing necessary written analyses. Jason also works closely with other Lobbyit personnel in incorporating such analyses into advocacy documents and strategy advice. With Jason’s mixed legal and business administration background, he is uniquely suited to assist clients in measuring the bottom-line impact of Hill action.

Mr. Ortega hails from Chattanooga, TN, earned his BS in Business from Southern Adventist University, and an MBA and JD from The Ohio State University’s Colleges of Business and Law, respectively. He is currently licensed to practice law in Ohio.

Bob Coates, Health Consultant

Bob Coates has developed a successful career in healthcare from the Appalachian region of East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia to a national presence in high watermark delivery of demonstrated compliant healthcare as a practitioner executive, developing nineteen health networks in serving sixteen state jurisdictions. Bob has worked either professionally or executive healthcare as owner of the specialties of primary care, rural health clinics, behavioral health, physical therapy, interventional pain management, clinical laboratory services in both hematology and toxicology, concierge medicine, radiology, long term acute care, community mental health centers, and healthcare compliance management and consulting. Having a strong foundation of healthcare compliant practices, he has represented his clients since 1993 before Administrative Law Courts, professional licensure Boards, OIG investigations, DEA investigations, and FBI investigations. Bob’s proprietary behavioral health network, BayCare Behavioral Health Centers, Inc. achieved a Joint Commission 99.5% score of excellence.

During the initial Justice Department investigations into Southwestern Virginia pain management practices in 2001, Bob’s Appalachian clinics were audited for compliance, having 6,800 Medicare and Medicaid medical records reviewed over a two-year period, only to be informed by the Justice Department that the review yielded “zero deficiencies”. It is with that same scrutiny as a compliance-oriented practitioner executive, Bob assists clients before investigative agencies as to compliance with the U.S. Healthcare Laws.

In clinical practice since 1978, Bob is licensed as well in Tennessee as a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor, and in Virginia as a Licensed Professional Counselor. His clinical focus since 2007 has been in the development of recovery programs and tele Caduceus Groups for impaired healthcare and legal professionals. His corporate focus in healthcare has been in the development of compliant pain management programs nationally under Pulido Coates and Associates, developing the Pulido Coates Pain Management Compliance Protocol which has demonstrated the ability to bring pain management patients to healing and seeing less than an eight percent recidivism rate.

Bob has served as a SAMHSA grant reviewer for state-based grants, is a resource for Wall Street investment firms for their healthcare clients producing compliance in healthcare, and since 1997 has been a provider of healthcare Continuing Education as a provider, SyMedica, recognized by the Florida Division of Medical Quality Assurance.

A graduate of Baylor University in Waco, Texas with a double major in Greek and Religion, a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, clinical training at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, Bob also has been certified in Mind Body Psychology at the Benson-Henry Institute of Mind Body Psychology at Harvard Medical School.

In addition, as consulting with Lobbyit.com primarily as a lobbyist in the areas of healthcare and faith based initiatives, Bob continues to practice as a clinical psychotherapist in Alexandria, Virginia, and Franklin, Tennessee.

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