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 us!
What Our Clients Are Saying
Gateway has been invaluable in protecting the interests of the Missouri summer camp industry for over six years. Irl Scissors and his team of associates look at our needs not only as camp owners, but as small business owners and industry leaders that employ hundreds of young people and serve thousands of adult and youth campers statewide.Charlie CaspariExecutive Director of the St. Louis Section of the American Camp Association
Gateway consistently goes above and beyond – they identify possible problems which may impact our business long before they become unmanageable issues for us, and provide strategic counsel and navigation within the legislative process on our behalf. For over six years, Gateway has been our trusted partner at the state level. Our firm and our clients are grateful for Gateway’s strategic guidance and dedication to detail.Michael AngelidesManaging Partner, Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC
During my tenure as Governor of Missouri, Irl Scissors was a strategic and sought-after advisor. His contribution was consistently outstanding and highly valued, and I consider him to be a trusted partner in all that he does. His work ethic, intellectual abilities and personality, made him one of the most effective members of my office.Bob HoldenFormer Governor, State of Missouri
Partnering with Gateway allows us to expand our public strategy, PR and consulting practice to more industry-specific clients, and reach new campaigns, and allows Gateway to expand their media footprint – it’s a win-win every time. Thanks for many years of a successful partnershipKim GeorgePrincipal, Momentum Public Strategies
The Gateway team helped my firm with a complex legislative research project. The quality of their work product and their attention to detail was impressive and went beyond my expectations.John GunnPartner, The Gunn Law Firm