Integrating Your PAC at Your Fly-In

22 Sep, 2015

Fly-in attendees, if eligible for the PAC, are a key audience to reach about your PAC. They are in Washington or your state capital because they understand the power of advocacy. The Council's Hannah Wesolowski suggests two paths toward fly-in/PAC integration: recognition and fundraising.

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Measuring and Communicating the Value of Grassroots

17 Jul, 2015

Do your key internal stakeholders have a clear understanding of the value grassroots brings to your organization and advocacy? Being able to answer that question with an emphatic "yes" requires three steps, says the Council's Rikki Amos.

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Newcomers’ Guide to EU Lobbying — Online Resources

31 Mar, 2015

Here are a few links that will undoubtedly be useful in your EU lobbying journey: Centre for European Policy Studies (think tank) Comitology Register (for regulatory files) EU Whoiswho EUobserver (news) EurActiv (news) EUR-Lex (EU laws) European Commission at Work European Parliament — Committees European Parliament — Legislative Observatory...

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Newcomers’ Guide to EU Lobbying — Recent Developments in Lobbying

31 Mar, 2015

Lobbying has been around for several decades, but it has been transformed by a few key recent events: The adoption of the Treaty of Lisbon, which created several new powers for the EP, including the ability to influence trade negotiations or agriculture dossiers New member states joining the EU, with...

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Newcomers’ Guide to EU Lobbying — The Long Decision-Making Process

31 Mar, 2015

One of the most important things to know about EU-level decision-making is that, except for regulatory measures, it takes a long time to enact new policy. Policymaking can take two to four years (including preparatory time), so patience and persistence are key. The Commission holds the quasi-monopoly of initiating any new legislation....

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Newcomers’ Guide to EU Lobbying — The Primary Institutions

31 Mar, 2015

In order to influence EU policymaking, you must focus mainly on the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the EU. But there are many layers of these bodies, so it is crucial to understand their many moving pieces. European Commission The European Commission prepares and drafts every legislative...

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Newcomers’ Guide to EU Lobbying — 10 Tips

31 Mar, 2015

Be disciplined: While there are many obvious traits key to successful lobbying — creativity, courage, perseverance — discipline is often overlooked. Monitoring, writing a memo on a technical matter or sitting through long legal discussions can be taxing, but they are as much a part of the job as meetings with Members of...

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Newcomers’ Guide to EU Lobbying

31 Mar, 2015

Welcome to Brussels, Europe's political capital. This seven-part guide demystifies the players, processes and procedures in the European Union's governance structure and provides tips and resources on how to succeed within this unique governing framework.

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Developing a Comprehensive Election Cycle Budget

06 Jan, 2015

Start this election cycle on the right path by taking the time to create a thoughtful contribution strategy for your PAC. Follow these steps to make the greatest impact with your PAC contributions and increase transparency with stakeholders.

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Using Partnerships to Build Your PAC

06 Jan, 2015

Alyssa Aalmo, government affairs manager at Apollo Education Group, offers ideas to use your organization’s existing partnerships and relationships to identify easy, low-cost benefits and activities for your PAC community.

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Omnibus Bill Increases Contribution Limits

22 Dec, 2014

In December, President Obama signed the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act into law. Beyond funding the federal government, the bill makes significant changes that increase the amounts individuals and political action committees may contribute to national party committees for specified purposes.

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Omnibus Bill Increases Contribution Limits

22 Dec, 2014

Last week, President Obama signed the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act into law. Beyond funding the federal government, the bill makes significant changes that increase the amounts individuals and political action committees may contribute to national party committees for specified purposes.

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A Brief Guide to EU Decision-Making

30 Sep, 2014

One of the most important things to know about EU-level decision-making is that it takes a long time to enact new policy. Policymaking can take two to four years (including preparatory time), so patience, persistence and understanding are key. This members-only presentation simplifies major processes at play.

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Newcomers’ Guide to EU Lobbying — Subsidiary Institutions

22 Sep, 2014

There are several other EU governmental institutions that, while not as understood or known as the Commission, Parliament and Council, serve important functions in the public affairs process. European Court of Justice Once a law has been enacted, the European Court of Justice interprets it upon a claim from member states,...

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Showcasing the Value of Government Affairs

21 Jul, 2014

This members-only presentation offers methods and case studies on measuring the value of government affairs as well as how to communicate that to non-government affairs staff.

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Corporate Public Policy: Sample Strategic Plan

21 Jul, 2014

This members-only resource suggests a framework for developing a public policy strategic plan and offers best practices for issues management within the context of government relations.

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The Value of Integrating Communications and Government Relations

21 Jul, 2014

In this members-only resource, Council President Doug Pinkham makes the case for breaking down silos between communications and government relations and bringing the two functions together for greater public affairs success.

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Public Affairs Strategic Planning Process Draft Sequence of Questions

21 Jul, 2014

What information do you need when crafting a strategic plan for your public affairs function? This members-only resource suggests you take many factors into account, including organizational goals, "customer" characteristics and metrics for determining ultimate public affairs success.

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Aligning Communications With Government Relations

21 Jul, 2014

In corporate culture, communications and government relations functions often share similar responsibilities. As this members-only resource suggests, without alignment of these functions through a solid issues management strategy, the two teams may very well work at cross purposes with each other.

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Tips for a Successful PAC Board

24 Jun, 2014

A well-organized PAC board sets the stage for the PAC's success, increases transparency and can promote buy-in from new or existing members as a way to incorporate the “people” into the PAC. This members-only resource offers tips on how to create and sustain such a board.

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Social Media and Digital Tools in European Public Affairs

09 May, 2014

The use of digital tools in European public affairs is no longer the exception but the rule. To raise awareness about policy issues that matter to you, digital communication can help you in ways traditional lobbying simply cannot. This members-only resource offers some practical advice about how to best...

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Social Media and Other Digital Tools in European Public Affairs

09 May, 2014

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Customized and On-Site Training

25 Apr, 2014

We’ll bring our workshops to you — and we’ll customize the content. The Public Affairs Council conducts dozens of seminars and conferences each year on all aspects of public affairs, from grassroots advocacy to global government relations. But we understand that your training needs may be unique — and...

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States React to McCutcheon v. FEC and Adjust Aggregate Contribution Limit Rules

17 Apr, 2014

In the wake of the recent McCutcheon v. FEC decision, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP has released additional guidance on how certain states are reexamining their two-year aggregate contribution limits. The Court's decision did not strike down any state aggregate limits, but opens the door for questions...

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP on McCutcheon Ruling

03 Apr, 2014

  Supreme Court Strikes Down Federal Aggregate Limits on Campaign Contributions Today, April 2, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, striking down the aggregate limits imposed on individual contributions under federal law. The 5-4 opinion held that the individual aggregate limit under federal law...

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What Super PACs Mean for Corporations and Associations

28 Mar, 2014

How does a super PAC differ from your organization’s PAC? What has the impact of super PACs been for corporations and associations? Where are super PACs headed, and how will that contribute to the relevance of connected PACs? This members-only resources provides answers to these questions and offers suggestions...

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Promoting ‘Get Out the Vote’ Efforts in Your Organization

28 Mar, 2014

Now is the best time to start planning your "get out the vote" strategy. This members-only resource provides ideas on how to incorporate GOTV in your election-year efforts.

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European Data Privacy Reform

15 Jan, 2014

How could Europe’s newly proposed data privacy rules affect your business? This resource provides answers.

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Trust Me: The Key to Grassroots Advocacy

25 Feb, 2013

If I were to pick the single most important factor behind a successful grassroots and advocacy strategy, I’d say it’s trust. Every component of grassroots advocacy, particularly those that pose the biggest challenges, can improve by building trust.

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Website and Virtual Resource Library

11 Dec, 2012

Looking for the best ideas for your PAC, grassroots, government relations and other public affairs projects? Through the links below (login required) you’ll find articles, research publications, blogs and other resources designed to answer frequently asked questions about a variety of public affairs topics, including: PAC/Campaign Finance Grassroots Government...

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Mentoring

29 Nov, 2012

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Legal Guidance

29 Nov, 2012

Prominent election law attorney Kenneth A. Gross is available to answer questions from Public Affairs Council members about federal and state campaign finance rules (including PACs), lobbying registration information (including grassroots), ethics laws and other public-affairs related compliance issues. Ken, a partner in the firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom...

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Guest Speakers for Your Meetings

29 Nov, 2012

Our experienced professionals are available to deliver customized presentations and facilitate planning sessions with your group. Staff can keynote your next event, facilitate a brainstorming or strategic planning meeting with your team, educate your business leaders or help motivate your contacts to get engaged in your public affairs programs. We’ve crafted individualized training and education programs...

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Benchmarking and Consulting

29 Nov, 2012

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Consultant Marketplace

29 Nov, 2012

Consultant members of the Public Affairs Council offer a wide variety of products and services to the public affairs community. Below, you’ll find a list of these firms in alphabetical order. To search for a firm by area of expertise, click here. 50 State  Access National Bank Adfero The Advocacy...

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