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Everything Contractors Should Know About Construction Lobbying

Everything Contractors Should Know About Construction Lobbying

There are a lot of misconceptions about the role lobbyists play in politics, especially in regards to the reformation of legislation on the local, state, and national level. The negative connotation often associated with the lobbying profession is largely predicated on a handful of highly publicized scandals involving unethical lobbyists. Fortunately, this is the exception, not the rule, in the world of lobbying.

When operating within the boundaries of the law, a lobbyist can be a powerful ally for your industry. Although the definition of “lobbyist” varies from state to state, the general consensus is that a lobbyist is a person who is paid to represent an idea in front of politicians. When an industry seeks change, its leaders can utilize the services of a lobbyist to help their concerns get more attention. However, as we will discuss below, money isn’t the only motivator for lobbyists. At Cotney Construction Lobbying, we focus our efforts on supporting one of the nation’s most important industries: the construction industry.

In this article, a construction industry advocate from Cotney Construction Lobbying will clarify the truth about lobbying and how it can strengthen the construction industry.

Ethical Lobbyists Don’t Engage in Bribery and Quid Pro Quo Transactions

According to a Harvard University Study, “Lobbyist participants did not engage in quid pro quo bribery of public offices. Lobbyist participants engaged in extensive formality to frame support as gifts between political and legislative allies and friends.” In other words, most lobbyists actually care about the issues they are representing. In fact, many lobbyists enter the profession because they are a subject matter expert on a topic pertaining to politics. 

For instance, construction lobbying aims to bolster protections for contractors by strengthening the laws representing them. Who better to discuss legal matters related to construction than an individual with experience representing the industry? A lobbyist matching this description has already proven their dedication to the industry through years of service. Money isn’t necessarily the most important incentive for someone in this position.

Lobbyists Represent Virtually Every American Institution

Many believe that lobbyists are simply “corporate cheerleaders” that cut big checks and make deals at the expense of less financially capable entities, but this is far from the truth. Lobbyists 4 Good published a list of groups that hired lobbyists in 2017. It lists a wide range of organizations, including:

  • Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
  • Newman’s Own Foundation
  • Independent Sector
  • Feeding America
  • Issue One
  • Better World Campaign
  • American Cancer Society
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • City Year
  • Save The Children
  • The One Campaign
  • The Bee Foundation
  • Youth Basketball
  • Big Cat Rescue
  • Hoops for Hope

Construction Industry Lobbying

In the construction industry, lobbyists can help arrange meetings between government groups and private interests. As an advocate for the construction industry, they can help support legislation on the state level. These advocacy services can also be employed in front of executive agencies. On the local level, they can help clients connect with local municipalities for bid work.

If you would like to speak with a construction industry advocate from Cotney Construction Lobbying, please contact us today.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.

Cotney Construction Lobbying, LLC does not provide legal services and any statements made on this website are intended to apply only to non-legal, lobbying services.