Get Money Out Of Politics Now

Money in Politics

We should get money out of politics. Everyone says it is corrosive and corrupts.

But ask any candidate who lost his last campaign if he could have used more money and I think he’ll say yes.

The problem is not too much money. The problem is narrowly focused sources of money. Narrow money doesn’t work. In plain English, narrowly focused funding sources empower special interests. (more…)

Two Heads are Better Than One

You Can Influence Policy

People think they can’t do it but they can.

People think they have to write legal language but they don’t.

Voters want to influence laws and policy but they don’t.

Voters think they can influence politicians by choosing the right candidate but it doesn’t always work out that way. (more…)

Hillary or Trump?

Generally the people who are the least empowered are the ones who are the most agitated and in need of the answer to the big question. Are you voting for Hillary or Trump?

I was questioned and pressed by a woman yesterday who took me aside and told me Trump was the worst possible candidate and Hillary wasn’t much better. But, who will I vote for?

I told her it didn’t matter because a delegate in the Electoral College would determine the outcome. It didn’t matter how many ways I said this, she still couldn’t get over it. In the past few weeks I have encountered several other people with the same compulsive behavior and line of questioning.

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They have fallen prey to the myth of what Elliott Wave’s Robert Prechter calls the “omnipotent director.” They believe that one man (Superman) will save them. All I know is no one is up to the task. This kind of thinking is a projection of the “I am helpless” myth and “someone should save me” but there’s no one good enough so I should just remain a victim forever.

So what I’m saying is, people who are further away from the center of power are more likely to experience this affect and phenomena. It’s like some medical condition of the brain when as Dr. Daniel Amen says the Cingulate Gyrus can’t stop obsessing about one side of an equation and the rational frontal lobe does not interfere or help calm them down. So the prefrontal cortex stays out of the equation. They just can’t get over it.

But there is a group not bringing this up because they seem to understand the subtleties of the political system. Who are they? Well naturally they are informed, engaged and closer to the center of power, politically speaking.

They are the 1%. They are the donor class because they know what’s going on. They are not preoccupied by who the president will be six months from now. They have bets on both sides because they understand policy and are simply positioning themselves for the best outcome regardless of who is chosen.

So who is involved in this human drama on the outskirts of town? Who is constantly obsessing over how the next president is going to affect their life, take away the right to choice, take away their business and all their opportunity or make sure that they have no money left after he/she is in office?

Who are these people? Well you would think they would be the people who have something to lose but in reality they have nothing to lose. In fact the strangest thing about this is that some of these people are actually not even citizens or US registered voters. I know for a fact that some of them are green card holders who do not vote at all. Yet they are incredibly obsessed with this question and they need an answer from everyone they know right now.

And that is a problem.

The media picks up on this and shows that they are victims. Like Lilliputians on a spinning bowl shaped on lathe, as the curves of the outer extreme on the circumference are molded, these people are falling out over the edge into nothingness as it spins faster and faster.

They have the least to lose. They are the most susceptible and therefore the media focuses on them because they seem to present a good tragic story. They are falling off the spinning bowl as it goes faster and faster, and we have to help them. I think.

The least powerful are the most concerned and the least effective, yet the most powerful are the least concerned yet they are the most effective.

The key?

Get away from the edge before centrifugal force throws you off. Move toward the center and once you arrive at the center all will be still and every choice will be equidistant from you and nothing will seem extreme.

Once you’re there, you will know who to vote for. Let me know in November.

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How to Change a Law

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“This is for any American who believes they can change the system. – Jackie T. (WA-07)

“This seems a more cost-effective way to ensure the voice of the small business owner is heard.” – John G. (IL-10)

How to Change a Law is a simple do-it-yourself manual for voters and policy advocates who want to take political action and change laws.

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Using the iLobby platform and our 7-step guide, you will learn how to craft your message, build a coalition and move your issue forward. You will also learn to vote on issues, not just for candidates. Most of us confuse politics with policy.

In this book we’re not talking about getting people elected to office. We are talking about helping our elected leaders find solutions to problems that affect all of us. Issues like student debt, gun violence, immigration, cyber security, privacy, ISIS, energy independence, healthcare, taxes etc.

If you are willing to go on the journey, this book will be your roadmap to becoming a “Citizen Legislator.”

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Let us know what you think.  It’s called Change a Law.

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Have you ever wondered why some special interests always get the laws that they want but you never do?

Now, in this free eBook we explain what you can do about it.

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Engaging Members in the Lobbying Process

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The ‘Take Action’ Button Is Broken: How to Engage Members in the Political Process

Written by

John Thibault, Founder, iLobby

Exclusively for

Association News

 

January 2015

“Ten people who speak make more noise than 10,000 who are silent,” Napoleon said. Though Waterloo put a crimp in his own political fortunes, the French leader had a point. And for associations whose fortunes are linked to Washington corridors and committee rooms, it’s still a challenge to get their members’ voices heard. (more…)

The Political Game Plan

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In a Democracy…

iLobby DemocracyIn a democracy, people are encouraged to express their opinions on certain issues. While we may not always see the change we want in our community, we have the power to raise our voice on certain issues.

State your side.

Share your concerns.

Find like-minded representatives–regardless of political party–and supporters who share your political point of view. 

Start a debate. 

Engage with other concerned parties.

You don’t have to do it alone. Create, fix or repeal laws.  Send your message across and choose iLobby today.

Engaging Members in the Lobbying Process

Sooner or later, many organizations will find their fortunes linked to government corridors and committee rooms, where it can still be a challenge to get their members’ voices heard. Apathy is pretty common, unfortunately. Just as the 2014 midterm turnout for Election Day was the lowest in 72 years, when associations make members’ political involvement as easy as clicking an online “take action” button, many still don’t bother. It’s time to introduce newer ways to engage members in grass-roots political activism.

It’s the rare American who can just pick up the phone and have a heart-to-heart with a governmental decision-maker. Yet abstaining from the political process is like failing to make a will—eventually, there’s a gap between your own goals and how the government handles them. Lobbyists help bridge that gap. Major corporations understand this and have long worked the system to their advantage. In 2014, some 11,509 registered lobbyists argued the causes of organizations that shelled out about $2.41 billion for their services, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. However, for many associations, influencing decision-makers is more difficult. Just getting them to focus on the organization’s issues is tough.

Lobbying is a fact of life.

It’s the rare American who can just pick up the phone and have a heart-to-heart with a governmental decision-maker. Yet abstaining from the political process is like failing to make a will — eventually, there’s a gap between your own goals and how the government handles them.

Lobbyists help bridge the gap. Major corporations understand this and work the system to their advantage. In 2014, some 11,509 registered lobbyists argued the causes of organizations that shelled out about $2.41 billion for their services, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

For many associations, influencing decision-makers is more difficult. Just getting them to focus on the organization’s issues is tough.

Who needs lobbyists?

Several types of associations may find themselves most in need of improving outreach to public officials. These include:

  1. Smaller-scale associations that lack budgets for a governmental affairs department or even for a specialized position to handle those duties.
  2. Associations in highly regulated fields. These are groups that acutely feel the effects of government policies, and need help asserting their complex interests. Examples include: health care, banking, energy, telecommunications.
  3. Associations whose members come from businesses operating in the absence of settled law. Think Internet privacy, UAV drones, and startups that threaten the establishment (like Uber or AirBnB).

Which engagement options actually work?

Strategies for offering input to lawmakers range from the traditional to the cutting-edge. Personal letters, emails and phone calls will at least show up in a summary by the lawmaker’s staff. Heavy call volume gets attention. But lawmakers only care about voters and businesses in their own districts. That’s one reason they think they can ignore entreaties that originate with mass mailings or online petitions. Some executives report better results with letters on their personalized letterhead — with real signatures — targeted to specific lawmakers.

Web pages and online position statements may include “take action” buttons. Again, these generate boilerplate communications. And they might require your members to supply personal information they’d rather not share online or to slog through policy verbiage, both of which can discourage people from clicking through.

An innovative political persuasion platform, iLobby.co, also called cloud-based lobbying, applies crowdsourcing and crowdfunding to the political process. Here anyone can start an online dialogue on an issue on which they want elected officials to take action. Others join in, adding their support and/or arguments. Congressional districts are included on the site, which is important because while issues transcend boundaries, voters do not.

When participants in the platform reach a consensus, they contribute funding to hire a registered lobbyist who’s not only savvy about their issue, but able to document the political districts represented.

Lawmakers want feedback.

Online formats facilitate the exchange of information. A former California state senator, Joe Simitian, even encouraged voter feedback through this medium when he expressed his belief, “There oughta be a law.” Yet associations may need to overcome the belief that politics is not any of the association’s business. According to Bob Breault, who chairs the Arizona Optics Cluster, “They consider it ‘corrupt’ and all that politicians do is take money from them — most often for the wrong reasons.”

Yet Breault supports a cloud-based lobbying approach. “People will participate if someone makes it easy to pass along their opinions to the appropriate legislator. Of course, the discussions need to be civil and respectful and factual, and not emotional tirades.”

Online discussions also can turn up real-life stories on the effects of legislation. These are especially useful if an association needs people to tell their stories in a committee hearing.

What’s important to remember is that association members are constituents, too. Since many members already like the simplicity of using services like eBay and Amazon, online lobbying can be a natural extension to foster political relationship-building. They are an easy way to get members more involved in political issues, which are vital to their lives and careers.

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Originally published in Association News,  March, 2015