I'm Luke Manzo, founder of pillarsofus.com and a licensed attorney, here to answer questions about federal lobbying in the U.S., democracy, and the law!
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I'm the founder an CEO of Pillars, Inc. and an attorney licensed in California. I realized a few years ago that "economic elites," (i.e. the top 1%) have a disproportionate impact on policy and legislation because they can pay for lobbying. Ultimately I ended up building a platform to let ordinary people crowdfund to lobby for particular changes they want to see in the law over the last few years.
My day-to-day is largely spent interfacing and coordinating campaigns and potential campaigns with influencers, business owners, and nonprofits to galvanize ordinary citizens towards accomplishing change. Since lobbying is a heavily regulated industry we've had to familiarize ourselves with the intensely complex statutory systems both at the Federal and State level, especially when working with 501c(3) nonprofits (who cannot engage in "extensive lobbying") per code. As an attorney I also occasionally advise on compliance and liability issues across a broad spectrum of industries and circumstances.
Ask me anything!