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Get Prepared for the 2020 State Legislative Sessions

Get Prepared for the 2020 State Legislative Sessions

By Diego Rivera | October 14, 2019

“It feels like a sprint,” said Margaret Taylor, director of global public affairs at AT&T. She’s talking about the start of the state legislative sessions each January. And when it comes to 2020, she’s not wrong.  Lawmakers in 44 states will hold legislative sessions next year, considering thousands of bills between January and June. Add…

The Power of Local Advocacy

The Power of Local Advocacy

By Diego Rivera | September 18, 2019

When most of us think about advocacy, we think about Washington or the states. Congress. Regulators. Legislatures.  But that is only part of the picture. Local advocacy, activity directed at the city or county level, grew three-fold between 2016 and 2018, according to the 2019 State of Advocacy report released earlier this year. That’s a…

The Rise in Regulatory Advocacy

The Rise in Regulatory Advocacy

By Diego Rivera | August 5, 2019

Stop and think about this: regulatory advocacy grew seven-fold between 2016 and 2018, according to Phone2Action’s State of Advocacy 2019 report. The practice of trying to sway the departments and agencies that conduct rulemaking, from the Environmental Protection Agency to the Federal Communications Commission, is literally exploding as a Republican administration shifts policy after eight…

Unlocking the Secrets to Mobilizing Advocates

By Diego Rivera | July 9, 2019

Billions of dollars are spent on advocacy in Washington, state capitals and major cities across America every year. But how effective is all that effort? Phone2Action’s State of Advocacy 2019 report suggests an answer.  The report examined advocacy by hundreds of organizations using the Phone2Action platform to gain insight into how they acquire and mobilize…

Best Practices for an Effective Congressional Fly-in

By Diego Rivera | June 4, 2019

Advocates from hundreds of organizations descend on Washington every year for annual congressional fly-in events. These events provide a chance to expose lawmakers and staff to everyday practitioners from industry in the hopes of winning hearts and minds. But whether your organization is doing it for the first time or the 40th, there’s always room…

More Women in Leadership is a Win for Everyone

More Women in Leadership is a Win for Everyone

By Diego Rivera | March 7, 2019

In the U.S., only 4.8% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women, but they make up 45% of the workforce at these companies. Women make up 23% of the U.S. House of Representatives, and in its entire history, there’s only been one Speaker of the House, recently elected for the second time. 25% of U.S. Senators…