We have already seen that for many folks, lobbying conjures up dark images of back rooms, back slaps and spoils. But we have also seen that those images are far from the truth. Casting your ballot in the voting booth may be the most fundamental of democratic acts, but talking to your elected and appointed officials—lobbying–is the indispensable step.
We used an example of historic preservationists- but every other group of citizens- preservationists or not-, have the prerogative and the responsibility to let elected and appointed officials, federal, state and local know their actions have consequences, positive and negative.
Lobbying (or Lobbying 101) is designed to acquaint you with the lobbying techniques, and resources available to aid in advocacy. Its information and recommendations can be applied to federal, state and local advocacy for executive, legislative, grassroots, procurement and finance.
Lobbying is nothing more than simply being a strong voice for things that are important to you in your community.
The most fundamental part of lobbying is establishing positive long-term, working relationships with your elected and appointed representatives, laying the groundwork for taking specific action when the need or the opportunity arises.
Martin Milita, is licensed to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He has successfully lobbied for statutes, agency rules, and agency permits in the United States, both state and federal governments, in Canada and within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Europe and North America.