1) Why should our lobbyist be audited?
2) How do I tell if my lobbyist has access and influence?
3) What are some examples of audited activities?
4) What about negative publicity?
5) Who are you?
6) Can I get a referral to a quality lobbying firm?
Q: Why should our lobbyist be audited?
A: Many lobbyists do not properly work bills, and that may create a liability. Many lobbyists believe that the bill will take a certain course, and it is not uncommon for them to wait around (while collecting your payments), while other lobbying interests do the work.
That means they are often
- not working committee Members
- not meeting with staff
- not writing letters
- not working with committee consultants
- not focusing on your issue
- creating liabilities for you through errors and ommissions
Advocacy Audits provide you with insider feedback to determine if your lobbyist is doing what they say they are doing, as well as suggestions on how they could improve their representation of you as a client.
Politics is confusing for a lot of people, which is why they hire lobbyists to maneuver through the process. But the inside joke among lobbyists is they make a lot of money for doing very little, because they know you cannot watch over them in Sacramento.
Much like the little man behind the green curtain, some lobbyists rely upon people’s willingenss to believe the fantastic, the ability to mislead a client by claiming to work some hocus pocus strategy, and then feign success after actually doing very little on something that was likely to happen anyway.
Are you willing to gamble the success of your business on the mere belief of a lazy smoozer?
Q: How do I tell if my lobbyist has access and influence?
A: Resumes are not always accurate, and all lobbyists claim to have access and influence.
Many lobbyists, even after years of being one, still cannot efficiently maneuver through the legislative process. Advocacy audits assesses their access and level of influence over lawmakers from an insider’s vantage point.
Q: What are some examples of audited activities?
A: Examples of expected activities for lobbyists include meetings with lawmakers and staff to explain the legislation and influence votes, working with committee consultants to explain the client’s position and have input over the committee analysis, working with other interest groups to align positions, submitting information to lawmakers and committees in the form of position papers, letters, and supporting documentation, and an assessment of which persuasive speech they use or don’t use to express their client’s interests.
Q: What about negative publicity?
A: The emphasis here is secrecy. Advocacy Audits adheres to the strictest of confidentiality terms and clients are similarly prohibited from sharing Advocacy Audits work product with any subordinate or third party entity.
In this volatile economy, it can be particularly damaging to any company if outsiders were to find out that the governmental affairs representation has been substandard. It would be no less damaging to Advocacy Audits if our access points and methods of operations were compromised.
Our success relies upon our ability to observe and report without the lobbyist(s) knowing what was going on.
Q: Who are you?
A: Our identities, as well as personal and telephonic interactions with clients, are withheld to protect against security breaches which would compromise our ability to interact with, observe, and audit lobbyists.
For this reason, client communications are restricted to email and written correspondence via US mail.
Q: Can I get a referral to a quality lobbying firm?
A: Not from us. To maintain our ability to remain objective, we treat all lobbying firms equally and provide no referrals.