iLobby Articles

Published: August 13, 2014
If you feel overwhelmed and frustrated by our government leaders and apathetic about your own partisan destiny, there is a way out of your political malaise. Here are 7 simple steps you can take to refresh yourself and participate in our democratic republic. 7 Steps Register Learn Vote Commit Engage Lobby Run Register to vote Show up. There are 45 million unregistered eligible voters in the country. Don’t be one of them. If you’re eligible to... more
Published: August 13, 2014
There are 90,908 trade associations in the country. With philanthropic and charitable organizations, the number rises to over 1.2 million [1]. In any event there are lots. Every trade association has a dual role: 1) to increase membership and 2) to promote the cause of the organization. Your association relies on its members and other activities for funding. But it has an untapped and overlooked hidden stream of potential advocates that it could... more
Published: August 13, 2014
When persuading lawmakers to simplify regulations or adopt legislation you are fighting for, as a small business you face three choices. You can sit on the sidelines You can petition You can lobby Most small businesses choose #1. You do nothing. You grumble and complain because you feel like you can't do anything. The second option; you join an organization or trade association focused on a single industry or issue. You pay dues, sign petitions... more
Published: August 13, 2014
According to a recent poll [1] the job performance rating of Congress continues to reflect a very low 7% positive job approval score. Why is that? Why do we accept such poor performance? Do we think if they did more, worked harder, longer, smarter, they'd get a better result? Do we want Congress to be more productive and pass more laws with more pages? Even now we learn that Dodd-Frank has 5,320 pages covering 400 new regulations [2]. ObamaCare... more
Published: August 13, 2014
Lobbying is a dirty word. Ask anyone. Read the paper. Watch TV. Listen to talk radio. For the past few years every time I heard about political influence and lobbying there was a prevailing view that if we just got rid of the Washington lobbyists everything would be fine. But is this possible or even desirable? Is it what we really want? I don't think so. According to the First Amendment of the US Constitution "Congress shall make no law... more
Published: August 13, 2014
Many of us are frustrated and annoyed by the hypocrisy and infighting in Washington. We are constantly reminded that elections have consequences and November is our time to act at the ballot box. All of this is true but I know many of us remain antsy. So can we do more? If you think things are dysfunctional at the federal level, you should try the state and local city councils. I think you'll find the same. When we are told we should get... more
Published: August 13, 2014
"I hate politics. I don't understand Congress. And I have no idea about who to vote for in the election." That's what I used to say until the political gene turned on in my late 30's. For me, politics was boring and nobody cared. Congress was just a bunch of guys in Washington and they were going to do whatever they wanted to anyway. Besides it didn't affect me. So my position was I'd just vote for the candidate who seemed like a rock star and... more
Published: August 13, 2014
Introduction Structurally speaking, debate has five main parts: Summary Position Arguments Rebuttals Conclusion Most debates also have rules about its resources. These serve to act as constraints. They are: Time Votes The purpose of debate is to come to a decision about a complex issue or topic. This is important because once you reach a decision you're free to take action. So debate is really a decision process tool. Let me break down the five... more