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Why Corporate Advocacy is Going Mainstream

By Diego Rivera | February 19, 2021

When as many as 26 million people protested for racial equality in 2020—probably the largest such action ever on U.S. soil—well-known American brands like Amazon, Netflix and Citigroup quickly came out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.  It also happened during the Women’s March, when companies like Ben & Jerry’s and SoundCloud openly…

Do Political Donations Have a Racial Bias?

By Diego Rivera | February 17, 2021

  The current Congress has more Black members than ever before. But representation is not the only measure of influence.  While diversity in Congress has been part of the national conversation for decades and much progress has been made, often absent from that discussion are questions about how much support Black lawmakers receive once they…

Black History Month: Celebrating Black Representation in Congress

By Diego Rivera | February 11, 2021

In 1870, Hiram Rhodes Revels of Mississippi was appointed to complete a term in the Senate. Revels held office for just one year, but his arrival marked the first time an African American served in the upper chamber. He was the very first Black member of Congress.   That same year, just five years after the…

How a Phone Campaign Cuts Through the Noise

By Diego Rivera | February 5, 2021

  At a time when advocacy numbers are booming, organizations of all stripes are looking for ways to cut through the noise. One effective strategy is to launch a phone call campaign. Phone campaigns ask supporters to call lawmakers, governors or other public officials to discuss their views and argue for or against a policy…

A Democratic Crisis: What happens to PAC Contributions?

By Diego Rivera | January 28, 2021

In recent weeks, dozens of the country’s best-known companies and trade associations decided to withhold PAC contributions from lawmakers who challenged the Electoral College results in the presidential election. It’s a powerful public statement from organizations that generally use their political action committees to convey support rather than to punish behavior. But the action of…

The Case for Consolidating Government Affairs Technologies 

By Diego Rivera | December 18, 2020

The Edison Electric Institute represents investor-owned utilities that provide power to more than 220 million Americans. That means their policy interests extend far beyond Congress. The External Affairs Team monitors energy regulations at every level of government, tracks bills in every state and even engages on local issues. The team might track 500 pieces of…

Meet Your New Congress

By Diego Rivera | December 3, 2020

They average 59 years old. They’re a little bit more diverse than they were, but most are still white men. A majority are married and have kids. One in three is a lawyer.   Members of the 117th Congress will be seen around Washington for the next month as they hire staff, attend briefings and move…

Providence, health care and advocacy: A voice for the community

By Diego Rivera | December 2, 2020

Providence was the first U.S. health system to admit and care for a patient with COVID-19.  Like many hospital systems, Providence, with 51 hospitals and 1,085 clinics from Alaska to Texas, supported congressional efforts to fund a response to the crisis.  The government affairs professionals at Providence have been navigating the advocacy space for decades,…

7 Steps to Create Winning Advocacy Campaigns

By Diego Rivera | November 18, 2020

  While there’s no doubt that 2020 and 2021 will be written into history as tumultuous and tragic times in America, much of the work for public affairs and government relations pros still lies ahead. The need for pandemic relief and economic recovery remains, in addition to vital actions on education, healthcare, immigration and environmental…

How to Post Winning Numbers on Giving Tuesday

By Diego Rivera | November 18, 2020

Giving Tuesday is coming. How is your organization preparing? The one-day event that follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday kicks off the holiday giving season and generates massive one-day donations for many nonprofits. Last year, organizations raised almost $2 billion globally, including more than $500 million brought in online, according to Philanthropy News Digest. “Giving…