It's different than coming off of Feingold's staff," says Pat Griffin, a prominent Democratic lobbyist
and consultant, referring to the liberal Wisconsin senator.
The article pointed out that some "are hesitant to explain fully their connections with the lobbyist
For example, suppose a pharmaceutical association is suddenly faced with a tax on prescription drugs to pay for road improvements, but its veteran in-house lobbyist
has just retired.
When you check the lobbyist
registration list, check the lobbyist
's clientele for names your association may not want to be associated with.
While CEOs can go to Washington and spend time and money trying to solve a problem, veteran lobbyist
Jim Albertine observes that in the long run "it is much better to make it part of your corporate culture.
House of Representatives early and went home to Washington to ensure the ballot measure's defeat, with the help of selected lobbyist
buddies and dollars.
That's an unfair position to put the governor in," said Deirdre Delisi, who served as Perry's chief of staff before becoming a lobbyist
Not all lawmakers benefited from the flow of lobbyist
money, with some reporting no donations.
Still, unethical lobbyists
look for loopholes and ways to skirt laws, says Keeneland Association's Judy Taylor, the first professional female lobbyist
Or as one lobbyist
put it at the time, "How can a senator know about a great question unless he keeps himself informed by those who have devoted their lifetime to it and have a lifelong interest in it?
A leading Welsh Assembly lobbyist
, on holiday in West Wales, told me five years ago that he spent a great deal of time (and money?
for unions opposed taxes on gold-plated health insurance plans; lobbyists
for doctors opposed cuts in Medicare reimbursements; a lobbyist
for Dunkin Donuts opposed a soda tax to pay for health care reform; and a Cigar Association lobbyist
fought a tobacco tax.
The business of being a lobbyist
is very rewarding.
to put the message together, to deliver it in a focused, consistent way every chance they get," says former Minnesota Congressman, Gerry Sikorski, JD, now a Washington lobbyist
with Holland & Knight, a top lobby law firm on K Street, the lobbyists
' main boulevard.
For an example of how lobbyists
might work, consider Patrick McCallum, a contract lobbyist
for 12 California community cortege districts, a private cortege, and other organizations.