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If ‘Politics is Local,’ Government Affairs Should Be Too

By Diego Rivera | April 7, 2021

Former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill famously said that “all politics is local.” Government affairs is heading in the same direction.  Most industries are regulated at least in part at the local level and most issues have a local component, from education and public health to gun control and police reform. More importantly, changes…

How to Drive More Effective State Advocacy

By Diego Rivera | April 1, 2021

For those who watch state and federal legislation, here are some numbers that should slow your scroll. More than 3,800 bills and resolutions were active in Congress through March of this year, from legislation to award congressional medals to the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, according to GovPredict data. Yet Congress moves slowly, and only…

How to Boost Your Conversion Rate Right Now 

By Diego Rivera | March 30, 2021

Nurses were the first line of defense in America’s response to the pandemic. They cared for the sickest COVID patients as emergency rooms filled, often without proper gear. When nurses from New York to San Francisco began wearing trash bags to protect themselves, it made headlines nationwide.    So it was no surprise that the American…

Strong Advocacy Starts With ‘Situational Awareness’

By Diego Rivera | March 30, 2021

Grassroots advocacy can be a big part of the value that nonprofits generate. Many in your audience—and especially the clients you serve—often do not have a strong voice on public policy. Their ability to shape decisions that impact them is minimal. But there is a solution. You can be their voice. Your organization can speak…

7 Crucial Elements for a Successful Virtual Fly-in

By Diego Rivera | March 15, 2021

There are some in Washington who say there’s no replacement for a face-to-face meeting, and it’s a defensible point of view. It’s hard to build relationships without it. But the virtual fly-in, which connects supporters with lawmakers on a video call, also has serious advantages.  Virtual fly-ins lower the barrier to entry, decrease costs and…

A Technology Edge in Government Relations

By Diego Rivera | March 10, 2021

When you look at your government relations team, what do you see? At most companies, the answer will be a group of professionals who are hand-picked for their expertise, all working hard to  represent the company before regulators and lawmakers. Now ask this: what kind of tools are they using to get the job done?…

Women in Congress: More Representation Than Ever Before

By Diego Rivera | March 6, 2021

The first woman ever elected to the U.S. Congress took office more than 100 years ago. Republican Jeannette Rankin arrived in Washington from Montana in 1917 and quickly made a mark in the House, voting with a few dozen colleagues to oppose America’s entry into World War I. The move cost Rankin her seat in…

How to Diversify Your PAC Contributions

By Diego Rivera | February 26, 2021

How much does your organization’s political action committee contribute to Black lawmakers? It’s a question not often asked—and it should be. African Americans make up 13 percent of the population and 11 percent of the current Congress. Yet they received only 6 percent of the political contributions in the 2019-2020 election cycle, according to data…

Some PACs Truly Diversify Their Contributions. Is Yours on the List?

By Diego Rivera | February 25, 2021

While the new Congress has a record number of African American lawmakers, Black legislators are raising only a fraction of the financial support they should be, according to an analysis by GovPredict. America’s 61 Black representatives and senators should be getting about 11 percent of congressional political contributions, yet they received only 6.2 percent in…

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…