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Lobbyist: I got out and never looked back.

“My conscience couldn’t take it anymore.” Interesting if disturbing article by Jimmy Williams of Decode DC, a website and podcast designed  to help Americans understand how crucial political issues affect everyday life. Williams explains with compelling examples how money works … Continue reading

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Best bet to influence healthcare: FAX

Senators have heard all the anger… now they are looking for reasons to act… hand-write a note that includes your voting address and give three items you believe a healthcare bill must have… include your cell phone and state that … Continue reading

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Huge money spent lobbying in CA

Government is your unwanted, incompetent business partner. The money you spend in government relations,  lobbying, etc. is how you manage this partner. California news story: More than 3,200 businesses, unions, and trade groups spent almost a quarter-billion dollars on lobbying … Continue reading

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“math can never really resolve a debate rooted in history, culture and values” That’s why they call it politics. Data helps. Data is necessary. Data seldom determines outcome. That’s why personal relationships with deciders – elected officials with power – … Continue reading

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Working with politicians you hate

Can you work with an elected official of a different party-someone whose politics you detest? Yes… but… from the organization standpoint, I recommend matching grassroots volunteers with elected officials of the same party and outlook where possible. In the best … Continue reading

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What’s your lobbying sound bite?

“sound bites” “THAT term has become derogatory,” said campaign strategist Joel Benenson, divulging that he once pushed back at Obama’s skepticism of such tidy, pithy locutions by saying to him: “Mr. President, ‘Let he who is without sin cast the … Continue reading

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Ira Glass on changing people’s minds…

One of the challenges to activating grass roots advocates is that the people most detached, most disenchanted, most cynical… have never actually talked with a politician. For years I’ve encouraged my clients to have a session with a real elected … Continue reading

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