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Top Ten Spending Lobbyist Groups of 2015 Spent $64 Million in the First Quarter

May 25th, 2016

In 2015, the top ten lobbyist groups spent millions of dollars to influence political parties, polices, and legislation before the House and Senate. Combined, these groups invested $64 million, in the first quarter of 2015 alone, to attempt to sway people’s opinions in favor of their views and objectives, and included these organizations: The U.S […]

The Growth of Young Lobbyists in Politics

April 29th, 2016

As the older generation of lobbyists is retiring, there is a growing number of younger people from the Millennia generation shaping the future of Washington lobbyists. In the past, lobbyists spent time developing and cultivating relationships inside the legislature offices. These relationships are critical to attempting to sway politicians’ opinions to that of the lobbyist, […]

The Function of Lobbyists/Lobbying Firms in the Political System

April 25th, 2016

Washington DC lobbyists provide essential services to help influence the political decisions being made in the legislative branch of the government. They work on behalf of nonprofits and other organizations to voice their concerns to Congress about legislation and how it affects their cause or issue. Lobbyists have a deep understanding of how the federal […]

Advocacy vs. Lobbying: Understanding the Difference

April 8th, 2016

In our last post we explored the difference between grassroots and direct lobbying. In this post we’ll uncover the differences between advocacy and lobbying. The lines can easily become blurred between advocacy and lobbying (especially grassroots lobbying), making it important to distinguish between the two. Let’s look at the differences in detail: What Is Advocacy? […]

Direct vs. Grassroots Lobbying:

March 25th, 2016

Why Grassroots Lobbying is Important and How It Differs from Direct Lobbying The differences between grassroots and direct lobbying can seem subtle at first. Both are effective at influencing public policy, but the means by which they achieve that goal are different. Here’s how: Grassroots lobbying involves the mass mobilization of the public around a legislative […]

The Difference Between Lobbying and Public Relations

March 10th, 2016

There is a common perception that lobbying and public relations (PR) have become more enmeshed in recent years, with lines blurred between the two. Part of the confusion lies in the simple fact that both lobbyists and PR specialists seek to influence others. Given the perceived overlap of lobbying and PR, we feel it’s important […]

Plant-Based Food Group Gets a Lobbyist

February 25th, 2016

It’s no secret that industry giants have immense power in Washington, and the food industry is no exception. In 2015 there were 254 clients lobbying on the food industry—among them, the usual suspects, including PepsiCo, Coca Cola, and Monsanto.1 It’s safe to say that virtually every item you pick up from grocery store shelves likely […]

Lobbying Is an Essential Part of the Democratic Process

February 8th, 2016

At its very core, lobbying is a vital part of American democracy. Our Constitution says that “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” Lobbying is a way to ensure that grievances are heard and, ideally, resolved. For better or worse, our laws and legislative processes […]

Things to Consider Before Hiring a Lobbyist

January 25th, 2016

Big Pharma is a classic example of an industry enjoying extraordinary returns on lobbying dollars spent. For example, consider the industry’s successful 2003 lobbying campaign to keep the cost of prescription drugs up. The pharmaceutical industry spent $116 million in lobbying costs to bar Medicare from bargaining for more competitive prices, ultimately preventing Medicare from […]

Lobbying for Nonprofits

January 8th, 2016

Can your nonprofit engage in lobbying for favorable public policy or legislation? Many business associations, charities, and civic organizations are uncertain about how and when to lobby on their own behalf. If you’ve considered hiring a lobbyist for your nonprofit, but hesitate to make the move, you need to know how to stay on the […]