IamA former lobbyist who started a crowdfunding platform that lets everyday people hire lobbyists... AMA!
In 2015 I lobbied Congress to increase USAID funding for clean drinking water projects around the world. In 2016, I lobbied Congress to increase funding for the United States Institute of Peace, an organization that tries to prevent violent conflict. Knowing how important professional lobbying is to getting laws passed in Congress, I decided to start Lobbyists 4 Good the first crowdfunding platform that enables everyday Americans to hire lobbyists working on our behalf. AMA!
Proof its me: https://www.lobbyists4good.org/about (Scroll down to my bio)
Proof I lobbied: http://disclosures.house.gov/ld/ldxmlrelease/2016/RR/300824002.xml
Looking forward to your questions!
UPDATE#1: I am back and trying to get through as many questions as possible. Just to clarify a couple things, my nonprofit is a crowdfunding platform that enables everyday people to hire lobbyists. The reason we are doing this is that lobbying is the MOST effective way to influence government and get a new policy passed. Right now, over 95% of lobbyists work for corporations or special interest groups and very few work for the public interest groups. If we had lobbyists on our side, we could level the playing field between us and corporations. It seems that some people think I am downplaying the impact money has in politics, I am not. I am simply pointing out the research which shows what lobbying is and why lobbying, not campaign donations, are the real reason for the imbalance of power in politics.
UPDATE#2: Ok, that is it from me. I enjoyed this experience even though it was a rough crowd. I did the AMA to try and show people that lobbying is an effective tool. Businesses use it to get government to work for them and regular people do not have access to it, and that is what we are trying to change. The actual practice of lobbying is not as nefarious as everybody thinks and, as you can see by this thread, it is extremely misunderstood. Thanks to all those who were positive about the idea and asked great questions, I really appreciated hearing your thoughts and feedback. Check out our nonprofit's crowdfunding platform at www.lobbyists4good.org. Thanks again, Billy