Political advocacy is a government affairs function
Technology offers more ways than ever for Americans to interact with their government, yet the turnout for the 2014 midterm elections was the lowest in 72 years. Even though citizens can read bills online, email their legislators and follow politicians on Twitter, many opt out of the political process.
I don’t know why people see this as a radical stance. I don’t think it is. The inauguration is over. From the incoming president-elect and the outgoing president, I heard a similar message, and the message is the American people need to get involved in their governance. They need to get involved in the decision-making that affects their lives. They need to get involved in policy.
I asked you, “When you look at this, is that a radical stance?” (more…)
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Trade Association members share the cost of hiring attorneys, lobbyists and public policy folks too. We participate in discount group buying through buyer’s clubs, Costco etc. The point is when a service is expensive, it is outside the reach of an individual.
That’s why large corporations have the resources to hire lobbying firms by themselves, but small businesses and individuals do not. (more…)
I want to ask you, what if it was fun? What if we could make politics fun again?
What if we could make it where it was community focused? What if we could make it where it wasn’t so divisive? What if it was something that you really could get together with your friends, have a good time, and make a difference?
There is training and certification for lobbyists, lots of it, but there’s no real training for individual citizens, so what does this mean?
It means that people who already know how to access the government, politicians and be influential are able to get more and better training on an ongoing basis. For the average person who wants to change a law or influence a public official or post comments to a regulatory agency, it’s very, very difficult. (more…)
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Over the last 50 years we have relied more and more upon computers to improve our lives, accelerate our learning, and make life generally easier.
The technology, the computers, the microprocessors, all of this has come into physical objects that have vast amounts of data applied to them and we are looking to improve performance. We see this in air travel, now in autonomous vehicles, in cars. We see it with computer aided design, computer assisted learning, and many other areas. (more…)
What would they be draining it of, exactly? Themselves?
11/10/2016 06:07 pm ET | Updated 3 hours ago
WASHINGTON ― Donald Trump ran as an outsider with a populist message, promising to shake up Washington and remove the corrupt insiders and “drain the swamp.”
And lobbyists, those notorious swamp creatures, are ready to help him do it.
“Trump has pledged to change things in Washington — about draining the swamp,” former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.), who now works at the lobbying firm Squire Patton Boggs, told The New York Times. “He is going to need some people to help guide him through the swamp ― how do you get in and how you get out? We are prepared to help do that.”
Few people know the swamp better than Lott. He served in Congress from 1989-2007.
The New York Times reports that K Street is thrilled that Trump and Republicans did so well Tuesday, “seeing great opportunity to shape the agenda after an extended period of frustration over gridlock in Congress.”
Lobbyists could hold a significant amount of power in a Trump administration. Trump has no government experience, and since much of the GOP establishment opposed his candidacy, many of his closest advisers are also outsiders who don’t know much about Washington. That leaves a big opening for lobbyists to influence his agenda.
Trump has also proposed term limits for members of Congress as part of his effort to drain the swamp. But as Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who was Hillary Clinton’s running mate, told The Huffington Post, what proposals like that do is make lobbyists more powerful since they know the system better than anyone else:
I interact with a lot of state legislators who are in states where there’s term limits. And here’s what they say to me: “OK, it sounds good, but boy, I tell ya, you do term limits, then the only people who don’t have the terms are the lobbyists.”
And so the permanent institutional expertise class is now no longer the legislators, it’s the lobbyists who don’t have term limits and are there forever.
It sounds good, but I think if you do term limits, you would really increase the power of lobbying. If you want to decrease the power, you can do revolving door stuff or you can do campaign finance reform, which is what we really want to do. And that would be more likely to check lobbyists’ power than term limits.
There are also plenty of lobbyists on Trump’s transition team, according to an organization chart obtained by Politico.