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The following is a list of links to organizations that are involved with government relations in the DC area.

Government Relations Resources
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  • American League of Lobbyists:
    Comprised of lobbyists, the group works to advance the lobbying profession through a lobbying certificate program, charitable events, and providing ethics guidelines for those in the profession to follow.

  • Public Affairs Council:
  • Members of the group are corporate public affairs officers involved in communications, government relations at the federal and state level, and community relations. PAC offers various resources for members, including publications, conferences, and networking opportunities.

  • American Society of Association Executives: ASAE focuses on every aspect of managing, staffing, and working in associations, but has resources dedicated to government relations. ASAE’s Legislative Action Center provides information on elected officials and distributes news on legislation that impacts associations. Members can also subscribe to a bi-monthly e-newsletter on government relations.

  • The Bryce Harlow Foundation: The mission of the Bryce Harlow Foundation is to promote high standards in lobbying. The organization provides fellowships to students who aspire to be involved in the political process through the lobbying and government relations fields. The foundation also hosts seminars and workshops that incorporate the knowledge and experiences of lobbyists in Washington.

  • Women in Government Relations:
    Members of the group are women involved in government relations at all levels of government and in different capacities, including from trade associations and law firms. WGR offers networking events and a mentor program to help newer members in their professional development.

  • Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest:
    CLPI is an organization dedicated specifically to nonprofit lobbying and advocacy. Its web site includes various how-to guides on topics ranging from writing letters to building coalitions. The organization also includes a training resource center for its "CLPI Advocates." Publications by its staff on nonprofit lobbying are also available.

  • Washington Networking Group:
    Members are involved in many different fields, ranging from finance to international relations. WNG has a section for government relations professionals called the Government Roundtable, and the group sponsors networking events and professional development programs.

  • Center for Competitive Politics:
    The CCP focuses on campaign finance law. The organization researches information on elections and money’s influence in the process. CCP publishes information related to political action committees and 527 groups, news in the Federal Election Committee, and interprets the impact laws have on state elections..

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  • Congressional Management Foundation:
    The CMF is involved in improving the effectiveness of Congress. Although much of its research is geared to congressional members and staff, several of its publications are useful to lobbyists, especially involving constituent advocacy. Its technology guides, for example, are beneficial in describing best practices in communicating messages to Congress through the Internet.

  • Center for Public Integrity:
    CPI’s mission is to serve as a watchdog on government by producing investigative journalism. Some of the current projects of CPI include investigations of the pharmaceutical lobby, the role of military contractors in Iraq, and federal advisory committees.

  • Public Agenda:
    Public Agenda provides information in the form of issue guides and research reports on various topics. The organization also provides a forum for grassroots lobbying with its public engagement site.

  • Center for Responsive Politics:
    The think tank behind the web site opensecrets publishes information on the role of money in the political process. CRP includes information in databases on political action committees, campaign fundraising and lobbying.

  • OpenCongress:
    OpenCongress, a project of the Participatory Politics Foundation and the Sunlight Foundation, seeks to make the legislative process more open and transparent using various Web 2.0 tools. The site includes a blog, a list of the most recent congressional votes, and allows users to search for bills and congressional members with links to related news articles and blog entries.

  • The National Conference of State Legislatures:
    NCSL provides research on policy issues to state legislators and acts as an advocate on state issues at the federal level. Additionally, NCSL provides information on ethics and lobbying-related issues at the state level in publications and other resources.

  • The Council on Governmental Ethics Laws:
    COGEL is a membership organization of ethics commissions, government agencies, and other groups interested in campaign finance, ethics laws, and lobbying laws. COGEL hosts an annual conference devoted to ethics law and also provides newsletters and education to its members.
Government Resources
  • House Lobbying Disclosure - Office of the Clerk:
    Lobbyists are required to file lobbying disclosure forms for registration and reporting with the House and Senate. The House's web site for the Office of the Clerk provides them the mechanism to do so. There are also relevant links to published guidance, laws and news updates. The House also provides a database of the various filings in order to find something specific.

  • Senate Office of Public Records:
    The Senate's public disclosure site includes links to the relevant laws and guidance. SOPR also provides databases for lobbyists' filings, disclosures by members and staffers of travel expenses as well as a list of members and staffers who are affected by the post-employment restrictions enacted by HLOGA. There is also a link to the number of cases that the Secretary of the Senate referred to the Department of Justice.

  • Department of Justice - Foreign Agent Registration:
    Lobbyists who represent foreign political parties and government entities are required to register as foreign agents and file semiannual reports with the Department of Justice. DoJ provides information on how to file the paperwork as well as maintains a database of foreign agent lobbyist filings dating back to 1942.

  • Senate Select Committee on Ethics:
    The Senate Ethics Committee provides forms and advice for members and for private organizations in order to comply with regulations. The site also publishes reports on its investigations of Senators and memos regarding training and clarifications of regulations.

  • House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct:
    The House of Representatives’ ethics committee provides forms and manuals for members and for private organizations in order to comply with regulations. There are also sets of guidelines and advisory papers known as pink sheets which interpret laws and regulations.

  • Office of Government Ethics:
    The OGE focuses on ethics at the executive branch level, encompassing the Executive Office of the President and all of the federal agencies. The agency releases DAEOgrams to agencies on gifts, financial disclosures and the revolving door between the government and the private sector. Crossword puzzles are also provided by OGE to test employees' knowledge of the ethics guidelines.

  • Federal Election Commission:
    The FEC is tasked with administering campaign finance laws and receiving campaign finance reports filed by candidate committees, leadership PACs and other political action committees. Lobbying firms, corporations and trade associations that are involved in a PAC are required to file reports, which are available to search individually on the site.

    The Library of Congress allows the public to search for bills in the House and Senate back to the 101st Congress. Researchers can also look for items in the Congressional Record. THOMAS is updated daily with the previous day's activities in Congress.

    The federal government site allows researchers and others interested in federal rules to search for proposed and final rules posted in the Federal Register. The site also includes public comments on rules and other agency guidance.

  • The IRS also provides information about compliance with its regulations regarding 501(c) organizations and 527 groups:



Last updated 09.16.2009.