Guide to State Legislative Lobbying 3rd Ed (2007) by Robert L. Guyer
Guide to State Legislative Lobbying was written to increase your chances of winning in your
legislature or state assembly. Packed into 240 pages are practical experience, tips, and a systematic approach to state and local legislative campaigning, including:
Constitutional, Judicial, and Historical Bases
Assessing Your Chances of Success
Developing the Lobbying Campaign
Hiring and Working with Contract Lobbyists
Lobbying Visits to Legislators and Staff
Succeeding with Legislative Committees
The Rest of the Session and Post-Session
10 flow charts
IRS Letter Confirming that Charities May Lobby
How Working in Election Campaigns Can Help Achieve Lobbying Goals
The Third Edition (2007) of Guide to State Legislative Lobbying expands upon several key elements
from earlier editions. 501(c)(3) charitable organizations will find more help to protect their IRS
tax-exempt status. Material has been added to help
readers, especially charitable organizations, to answer two often avoided legal questions: Is my legislative activity
"lobbying" per state statute and, if so, must I register as a lobbyist and thus conform to state ethics laws?
State statutes define that conduct that qualifies statutorily as
"lobbying" regardless of one's preferring to call actions "educating" or "informing" or "just visting."
Working in election campaigns can be a valuable way to influence lawmakers. We have added a new section that
helps to answer the
question, "Can working in an election campaign help me achieve my legislative goals?" Coauthored with election
campaign manager Roger Austin, we offer suggestions on answering key questions including: Why work in an election
campaign? Which candidate should I work for? What kind of support can be given? What can I do for the candidate?
What is the value of my face time with the candidate and his or her family and staff? What are the rewards of
working as a campaign volunteer?
"Effective Lobbying is Getting Votes" subtitled "25 Fundamentals for Successful State Lobbying" lists 25 truths
state lobbying including; Facts don't vote; 80-90 per cent of the legislature is irrelevant to the success
or failure of your bill; and effective lobbying rests upon your complying with three sets of rules: 1) written
2) unwritten and 3) unwritten and unspoken - violate any of the various rules and your credibilty suffers.
The 3rd edition of Guide to State Legislative Lobbying is now an even surer source of dependable advice, skills, techniques and
strategies for reliable guidance for novices as well as experienced lobbyists.
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Our recent Washington, D.C. Lobby School lunch speaker was Mark Reed, state government affairs for IBM.
Mark has an impressive resume working for Wyeth, Astra-Zeneca, and now IBM.
Seminar participants greatly enjoyed his comments on how the Lobby School helped him succeed in state governnment affairs.
Bob Guyer's course contributed substantially to my lifelong study of advocacy and was the best CLE accredited course
that I have taken, bar none, in my 39 years as a government relations consultant.
DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C.
While I am a lobbying veteran, the workshop and book provided me with a fresh perspective on advocacy. Mr. Guyer's clear structure and methodology for an effective lobbying campaign added to my own effectiveness with the
legislature contributing to me being ranked one of the five best lobbyists in the state of Florida. Desinda Wood Carper
Senior Legislative Advocate (former)
Florida League of Cities