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The Case for Legislative Tracking Software

By Jon Rubongoya | June 17, 2021

Organizations that are serious about monitoring bills and regulatory action use professional legislative tracking systems. For an organization reliant on human search, a digital system can be transformative.

A Guide to LGBTQ+ Members of Congress

By Jon Rubongoya | May 28, 2021

As we kick off this year’s LGBTQ+ Pride Month, there are more lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans in Congress than at any other time in U.S. history. This is your guide to these Representatives.

The Transformative Power of Text Messaging

By Michelle Logan | March 31, 2021

For companies, associations and nonprofits that want to modernize communications, boost impact and increase performance metrics, text messaging is an essential tool. 

Hosting a Virtual Fly-in

By Michelle Logan | March 12, 2021

While organizations have long relied on face-to-face meetings, a digital fly-in or lobby day has advantages. It can lower costs, increase your reach and dramatically expand participation among your advocates.

Women in Congress Guide

By Michelle Logan | March 7, 2021

Collectively, women make up 27 percent of the 117th Congress. Yet women represent 51 percent of the U.S. population. And so, as we celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, we recognize that there is work ahead.

Associations State of Advocacy 2020

State of Advocacy: Associations

By Jon Rubongoya | February 25, 2021

Companies endured unprecedented challenges in 2020. The pandemic. The protests. The election. Government relations and public affairs pros faced consequential decisions at every turn. 2021 has posed new threats and challenges that have forced companies to take decisive action. There was a time when companies might have sat silent. Even 10 years ago, the common…

Corporate Activism is Mainstream

By Michelle Logan | February 18, 2021

Just a few years ago, companies were reluctant to take a position on social issues for fear of alienating customers. But a major change is at hand. A growing body of research shows that consumers want big brands to declare themselves on major issues and will do more business with those that do. Corporate activism…

A Guide to Black Members of Congress

By Michelle Logan | February 12, 2021

It has been more than 150 years since African Americans first served in Congress. In 1870, Hiram Rhodes Revels of Mississippi was appointed to complete a one-year term in the Senate. That same year, Joseph Rainey was elected to represent South Carolina’s First District in the House. Together, the two men, just five years past…

117th Congress Freshman Guide

By Michelle Logan | January 27, 2021

The weeks after an election are always hard on public affairs and government relations professionals. While the votes are counted and the airwaves are free of ads, the real work begins: meeting dozens of new Congress members and explaining your position on issues. To help make your job easier, we created this Freshman Guide. Based…

State of Nonprofit Advocacy

By Darragh Joyce | January 14, 2021

It was a turbulent year for the nonprofit sector. The extreme currents caused by a global pandemic, massive racial protests and a divisive election impacted everything from programming and membership to fundraising. There was no playbook for this.  Yet amid the chaos, advocacy shined. Scores of nonprofits embraced change, adapted quickly and recast their strategy to…