IamA Lobbyist, AMA!
EDIT: I am trying to answer EVERY question that comes my way - but my wrists are killing me from typing so fast and I need to run to some meetings. So please do keep asking away if you have questions, but I probably wont be able to answer the next round until later tonight! Thanks to everyone who is asking great questions, and for all of you telling me to die -- well, you're ok too!
I lobby the federal government. Please ask me anything and I will try to answer truthfully.
I lobby on behalf of a transportation infrastructure organization, and in cooperation with several others. We are a foundation and member driven non-profit (I am obviously not paid by the foundations), do not have an associated PAC, and offer nothing to members of Congress aside from data to help drive our issues on their merits.
99% of my lobbying involves Congress, and occasionally I meet with the administration. Prior to this, I was a senior staffer to a member of the House and before that, a legislative staffer in the Senate.
I am hoping to clear up some misconceptions about what lobbying is, what lobbyists do, why it is important, and why it can sometimes be very harmful.
My Proof: Sent to the mods. I am not doing this on behalf of my current or former employers, which I hope everyone will be cool with!
I will be in meetings for the next hour and a half or so, but will do my best to start answering questions on my phone until I can get back in front of the computer.