Why Do I Need a Lobbyist?

Simply put, a lobbyist protects your interests, and the interests of your company at the state, local, and/or federal government level. There are hundreds of bills and amendments introduced during each legislative session, so it’s impossible for legislators to understand the impact that each piece of legislation may have on the affected parties.

Lobbyists help staff and public officials understand the impact of issues affecting you and your business – by providing them with understandable, timely information.  They perform an invaluable service to both their clients and to members of the various legislative bodies.

An effective lobbyist is only as good as his or her relationships within government.  Not only do they know the ins and outs of the complicated legislative process, they also have key strategic relationships with decision makers—including staff members, members of Congress and the state General Assembly, and the media.

Lobbying is about return on your investment, and making sure that your interests are protected.  Effective lobbying requires an advanced knowledge of the legislative process, whereby lobbyists help to research, prepare and present information, arrange testimony for congressional hearings, and arrange and attend meetings with various legislative leaders and agency officials.  Without this specialized knowledge of how the process works, often your legislative officials may only hear one side of the story – the one from your competition.

At Gateway, we know that no two clients are the same.  As such, we have access to a diverse network of industry experts who collaborate with our core lobbying team to navigate the legislative process with your specific industry needs in mind.

For over ten years, Gateway, formerly ILS Consulting, has served as a trusted partner to our clients at the local, state and federal level.  For more information, please contact info@gatewaygovernment.com.

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