Business owners have invested a lot into their companies. Not only do they employ many people who help make their business a success, many owners also have a team that helps them make important decisions regarding the industry they’re a part of. What happens, however, when a new law affects that industry? Fortunately, business owners [...]
In many ways, lobbyists are the most direct link—aside from the vote—between voters and their elected representatives. They are hired by interest groups, like businesses, corporations, or associations. What Lobbyists Do Washington DC lobbyists work to convey the concerns of certain groups of Americans to Congress members and others in the U.S. government. Advocating on [...]
You hear the term all the time on television, but what is a lobbyist, and what does he or she do? How does a lobbyist influence the daily operation of the government? By understanding the role that lobbyists play in our lives, you’ll be better able to sort through what you hear from the media [...]
By Catherine Ho Four years ago, Paul Kanitra opened up a one-man lobby shop whose business model was nicknamed by some as “McLobbying” — he charged clients no more than $2,995 a month (compared with a typical K Street retainer of $15,000) to lobby on their issues in Washington. Today, the firm has grown to [...]
At 34-years old, Kanitra has enough experience in the world of lobbying to know the game, but is not so old as to be stuck in the rut of business as usual that seems to capture so many K Streeters. “Lobbying is not progressive,” he told me. “It’s very much a closed off old boys club. The business hasn’t changed much since electricity came to Washington.” Kanitra’s firm Lobbyit.com however, is looking to change all that. In Kanitra’s own words, Lobbyit.com is the WalMart of government relations to Patton Bogg’s Bloomingdales.
VIDEO: Lobbyit.com partnered with Voice of America – China for this inside look into the lobbying profession. The video showcases not only the fastest growing lobbying firm on Capitol Hill, but how their lobbyists are able to effect change in the halls of Congress.
has hired Lobbyit.com to rep its name and national profile among members from the Lone Star State. Lobbyit.com President Paul Kanitra and senior lobbyist Nile Elam will be telling the Horned Frog story around the Hill, starting with Sens. Ted Cruz, John Cornyn and Rep. Roger Williams.
“We’re going to be able to showcase a lot of the great research and a lot of the great work and unique programs that are going on at TCU,” he said. “Additionally, we’re going to be monitoring the grant and student loan space and the financial aspects of just being a student.”
The firm Lobbyit.com has partnered with Salsa Labs to create an “online advocacy platform” called Tier 4, which aims to connect the firm’s clients with elected officials and give them tools to track legislation in all 50 states.
The efforts on immigration by large groups like NRA, NRF and United Fresh raise a question, however: Will small associations get drowned out in the debate? Not if they leverage their stories and make a strong case in a lawmaker’s home district, says Paul Kanitra, CEO of LobbyIt.com, a nonpartisan firm that represents small association clients on both sides of the immigration issue.