Welcome to AGRP

The American League of Lobbyists is now known as the Association of Government Relations Professionals.



To be the go-to source of resources, training, information exchange, and content for all lobbying professionals.


To be the national voice of lobbying professionals and to bolster the understanding and trust in the lobbying profession.


To provide the structure and resources required to execute our programs and activities professionally and successfully.


ALL members receive over a 40% discount on the Lobbying Certficate Program (LCP) and other programs.


To be the premier source of training and education of best practices and highest ethical standards of the lobbying profession.


ALL Members can bring guests to ALL events and programs at the member rate.


Amy Showalter

Amy Showalter

she is the senior staff executive to the Government Affairs Division, including association public policy development and implementation.

Paul Kangas

Paul Kangas


He has more than 15 years of federal affairs experience.

Mike Aitken

Mike Aitken

Mike Aitken has been the Director of Governmental Affairs for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) since 2003.

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Lobbying Techniques

Lobbying Techniques

Lobbying is the act of influencing an action, policy or decision that are made by the legislators or members of any regulatory agencies.  Many organizations hire a professional lobbyist to help them in various ways. The lobbyist needs to do all the groundwork and research about the institute or the agency that hired them. They must educate the officials and present both the sides of a story to an issue and then influence the officials to choose the best solution for the problem.  To become a lobbyist one must have excellent communication skills and knowledge about the institute they are lobbying.

There are various ways in which lobbying can be done; each method has its advantages and challenges.


The following are some of the techniques which need to be used during each approach:

When lobbying needs to be done in Washington D.C, you need to make an appointment with the congressmen you want to speak with and then contact your representatives and senators. Before the meeting, you need to be prepared for what you are going to discuss with the officials. Preparing and sending a memorandum before the conference will make the members of the meeting understand the concepts better. They can get familiarised with what you will be discussing and open up to topics relating to the issue that is presented. Also, gather any material you will need to show in the meeting.

During the meeting, a lobbyist needs to acknowledge the member’s support for preservation and get to the point immediately and must be precise in what he/she is talking. Do not speak things that are not related to the topic. Make sure that the bill number and title are mentioned when the bill is discussed. Being prepared for any questions that are put forth in the discussion is essential and at the same time questions can be asked by the lobbyist to the legislative members. If you are not aware of any inquiry that is being proposed then make sure that you send follow up information regarding the questions that were asked.

After the meeting, a thank you note can be given to the members who attended the meeting. Any additional materials relating to the topics that were discussed can also be presented.

Must be Precise:

When lobbying is done by a letter and an E-mail, it must be precise. Since the officials read a lot of emails every day, they may not grasp the essence of your email if it is too long. Thus, only one issue needs to be discussed per email or letter. The bill title and number need to be mentioned at the top of the page.

When lobbying is done over the phone, the lobbyist needs to be concise, and specify the reason for the call, and the bill number/title should be mentioned. If you have any questions or want to request for any actions, then you can specify that in the call and the call needs to be followed up with a letter or an E-mail.

Who are Lobbyists and What do they do?

Who are Lobbyists and What do they do?

Lobbying is an act of persuading or influencing the actions, policies and other decisions of officials in the legislation and the members of the regulatory agency. The lobbyists are hired by organizations, companies, groups, nonprofits, etc. to influence the elected official at all levels of the government. A lobbyist can be among the legislator’s constituencies; a professional lobbyist’s business is to direct the legislation and regulate the decisions that are made by the government. They usually work at the federal level and meet the Congress and encourage them to vote in specific ways which may benefit the clients.

Sometimes, lobbying can mean more than just influencing the government; a lobbyist does a lot of groundwork; they research and analyze the legislation and the regulatory proposals. The lobbyists educate the government officials and the corporate officers about the various issues they have analyzed and examined. Some of them also work to influence the public opinion by having advertising campaigns and through influential leaders or celebrities. The lobbyist claim that they want the elected officials to hear both sides of an issue before any decision is made.

Lobbying Disclosure Act

Lobbying Disclosure Act:

A lobbyist is defined by the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 at a federal level. The state puts some regulations as of who can influence the members of the legislation. One must earn at least over $3000 for three months from a lobbying activity; he must have more than one contact to influence and must spend more than 20% of his time convincing a client for three months. Most of them start their career by working on the Capitol Hill in the congressional office. They need to have a good communication skill and knowledge on the various legislative processes and about the industry they are influencing. There is a lobbying certificate program offered by the State Government Affairs Council, and it helps people who want to gain knowledge of the various legislative processes and help them become a lobbyist.

They work for institutions and interest groups like labour unions, corporations, charities, environmental groups, colleges and universities, senior citizens organizations, churches, and state, local or foreign governments.

The lobbying firms are requested to register within 45 days with the Secretary of the U.S. Senate and the clerk of the House representative. Some of the most significant lobbying groups in America are the National Association of Realtors, the National Rifle Association, the American Association of Retired Persons, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, etc.

Final Verdict:

The lobbyists are sometimes portrayed under the negative lights by the media as they show their influence over the policymakers. There are some controversies, in fact when Obama took office in the year 2009 he told his voters that he would not hire a lobbyist in the White House and be influenced by them, but there are times when lobbyists are described under the positive lights. The Former President John F. Kennedy has described them as expert technicians, and they explain complex subjects in clear and understandable manner.

GR doctors learn about Dermal Fillers

What is a Dermal Filler?

Natural fillers or dermal fillers are cosmetic surgery gels that are found in the skin and then injected for aesthetic reasons. They come in varying shapes and sizes, molecules wise, and are used to increase volume to the face. So you can now create fuller cheeks, improve dark circles and enhance those not so juicy lips of yours.

You can also improve the crinkly look of your hands and even the decolletage lines of your neck. It looks like fillers are here to stay because they are dynamic and don’t require permeate features to remain permanent. You can mold and shape a face as the maturity of your face changes.

Fillers can have great results alone or in conjunction with anti wrinkle injections, lasers,


Dermal fillersdermal needling or skin peels. Results can be maintained with an active home skin care regime.


At SKIN CLUB, our doctors offer a no obligation consult where the your concerns are looked after and there are no issues that will be required to be handled by middle management. Our dermal fillers are the best and will help you enhance your self. With the Dermal Fillers Melbourne brand, our doctors are capable of providing impeccable results.

As with all our treatments at the clinic we aim to give you a natural look so that you look and feel refreshed whilst maintaining your individuality.

What can Dermal Fillers treat?

Almost anything. From frown lines to acne scarring, they are the wonder medication of this country. You should feel privileged that we are going so far to make sure the country prospers aesthetically. Go Dermal Fillers!!!

What can fillers change:

  • create volume and make fuller cheeks.
  • The fold running between the nose and mouth (Nasolabial fold).
  • Lines above the upper lip.
  • prevent lip stick bleed.
  • To reduce corners of the lip to the jaw line (Marionette lines).
  •  facial features such as cheeks.
  •  decolletage.
  • Hand
  • Improve the appearance of scars from acne or injuries.

Your treatment with us
At Skin club our doctors put down the best possible plan to make your skin look young and youthful, whilst making you happy with the treatment.
Our dermal fillers are made in Europe and are very safe. they have a really good side effect profile and very low complications rates. they don’t break down and cause infections early.

Its important to have a complimentary consultation and make sure that the doctors are well qualified. Are doctors are suing safe products that improve the elasticity of your skin and make you feel really good. they are the best products in the world and you will have them at your disposal.

What happens during a treatment?

Using a very small needle, our doctors can help you with any area that requires dermal fillers to improve volume.  Areas of the body requires a great amount of help and issues as there is a great need for dermal fillers in day to day circumstances for each patient.

The Results?

Well you couldn’t ask for better with our doctors providing great results in each aspect.

Aesthetically we are the best clinics in providing perfect dermal fillers. We can remove over 30 years in anyone life with our dermal fillers treatment and if you question us then you should just come in and see the differences.

How long do fillers last?
Long enough is hte best answer. you dont want dermal filler product to last for too long as the face ages but not the product and if that is the last feeling that you leave with when leaving the doctor then hey, perfect. 6 to 12 months is like the minimum time.

Would you want a filler to remain the same and not change as you age. Exactly you wouldn’t, so what you really want is to have a face that ages dynamically with your filler.

Don’t go for weight loss program or lie out in the sun when you have dermal fillers. You know why? Because you will end up losing them you idiot.

There are heaps of different dermal fillers out there and if you get the right one for your face then you will suffer. The reason for this is that you are going to have the wrong features and some times the fillers run away and you are going to continually complain.


What are the possible side effects?
The commonest side effects of fillers are discomfort, bruising and swelling and sometimes
a clot forming due to incorrect placement of the filler.

Less common are infection, and allergic reaction.

In the hands of skilled professionals such as those at the Medical Skin Clinic Australia, dermal fillers are generally very safe. Every cosmetic procedure however involves a certain amount of risk. All risks and side effects are discussed with you before the procedure to ensure you fully understand any risks and make an informed decision. We also provide follow up and support to minimise problems.

visit www.skinclub.com.au/dermal-fillers-melbourne for more information.

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