Welcome to Lobbying 101 – Understanding, hiring, and working with Lobbyists.
The purpose of this site is to give good, practical information about lobbyists, to help you understand, and, if appropriate, work with lobbyists in a productive way.
Alot has been said and written about lobbyists (not much of it good, unfortunately). Lobbying was a hot button topic during much of the recent Presidential campaign, and President Obama has promised to reduce the influence of lobbyists and special interests in his administration, and has received some criticism for selecting lobbyists for a few of the positions in his cabinet.
But despite all the talk about lobbyists, I haven’t found much in the way of practical, unbiased information about them. I found that the information in the media is shallow at best (this is true of many subjects, but seems especially so with lobbying), and most people don’t know enough about lobbyists to make informed decisions.
It took me alot of research, and alot of time actually working with lobbyists to get past the information in the media to information which was actually useful. So if you’re looking to hire a lobbyist for your own issues, trying to find out if you should hire a lobbyist, or just seeking to understand what all the fuss is about, hopefully the information in this site will help fill in some of the gaps. Note that this site is not a rehash of stories written by lobbyists and/or the media – the information here comes from my own research and direct experience hiring and working with lobbyists.
This site focuses on lobbyists to the U.S. federal government, including both Congress and the executive branch (Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, State Department, etc.). Lobbying at the state and local level is also a fact of life in most places, and although this blog doesn’t cover those levels specifically, alot of the material probably applies there as well.
Most of the material in the site will be fairly static, but I may additional RSS feeds in the side bar as I find more feeds about lobbying, and I may occasionally update the content of some pages or add new pages and posts.
If you have specific questions about lobbyists I haven’t covered, or there’s some particular information you’d like me to add, please leave a comment and I’ll see if I can help. Good luck in your efforts!