We’re just like you. We’re your friends and neighbors, we’re active in our local communities, we have the same hopes and dreams as you do. The men and women who call themselves “lobbyists” come from many different backgrounds and represent a myriad of viewpoints, but one common thread unites us all, and that is the motivation to ensure government listens to its citizens and stakeholders and takes their perspectives into consideration.
For too long, most people have wrongly associated lobbying with seedy closed-door deals. The truth is, no upstanding member of our organization would ever consider conducting business in this way. Rather, our livelihood is staked on our ability to provide decision-makers with timely, accurate information. Lobbying is much more than simply calling on a Member or their staff; we’re educators, strategists, problem-solvers, and forward-thinkers.
The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law … abridging … the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” To lobby is to exercise your Constitutional right to ‘petition the Government’, and is an essential function of our representative democracy that ensures your voice is heard and our leaders are held accountable to the people they represent.