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[–] ihya1324 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Are you getting paid on lobbying?

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[–] TexasComments [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Lol sorry its been awhile since Ive been on with the election cycle in overdrive and my real job too.

To answer your question, yes I was paid exceptionally well while working as a lobbyist in DC and about $120,000 a year less, including benefits loss, while working as a state level lobbyist. The main loss was the use of corporate travel and 100% paid food/bar tabs and clothing allowances.

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[–] JesusPizzeria 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Please don't take any offence in my question. I'm not on a moral high-horse I'm just curious. Social engineering, as you call it, had always come natural to me as a kid and it's always fun to run into other people who are good at communicating.

Aside from the pay how do you feel about your job and its effect it has in the country you live in?

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[–] SaveFerris 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Where do I sign up?

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[–] TexasComments [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

To be a lobbyist?

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[–] TexasComments [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

For the most part we manipulate elected officials more so than regular people however we did do election work every few years or suppression during a vote. I have no current media relation or public relations contracts with any firms or companies however I can say in the past that we have bought air time for stories to flood a news cycle, both written and televised/internet, to push an agenda and get a reactionary group to act.

There is a tech staff that is brought in from another firm when something along those lines needed to be done. There were about 25 employees - lobbyists, interns, receptionists and researchers plus a couple of lawyers. Typically the working hours and immediately after are very workable 3am doesn't do much for anyone unless the meeting started before six.

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[–] philomath 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Sorry for the deluge of questions....your topic piqued my curiosity, and I really don't want to get back to that last little bit of work I promised myself I'd do after getting the kids down....

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[–] TexasComments [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I didn't realize they were all you until this question.

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[–] philomath 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

How do you incorporate social engineering into lobbying?

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[–] TexasComments [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Lots of ways ... The largest way was when I first started out I was unable get appointments with people outside of my group of legislators the city I grew up in. I started trying to run into staffers, make friends, find someone higher up the ladder, make friends, find someone higher up the ladder. I started with Interns because they are usually shiny eyed and dumb and they would tell me how the congressmen was leaning, why they were leaning that way and if any other lobbyists were coming in or out of the office when the legislation was being discussed. Before I left I was at the point where I would called and was friends with the receptionist. There were some other unsavory things other lobbyists and myself did that I won't describe but a lot of it had to do with people to people contacts and getting information from them by telling a lie about who I am or why I wanted to know something or sometimes other methods that were gray areas.

Feel free to be more specific if you want more answers.

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[–] philomath 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

What do you lobby for?

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[–] TexasComments [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I have lobbied for lots of groups, guns, private schools, tobacco, never for alcohol but I always wanted to, Oil& Gas, lower taxes for specific businesses, trade associations (corporations not unions), against progressive issues, for a few conservative line items in a budget or a defense contract. Groups like those as well as a few others that are too boring to talk about or too touchy.

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[–] philomath 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

What would you change about the lobbying landscape if you were king for a day?

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[–] TexasComments [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Remove rules about discussing campaign contributions in federal buildings and campaigning in federal buildings would be removed and the idea that you should not allow former congressmen to be lobbyists for so many years is a chokehold on the free market - they are not suited for anything else. Other than that maybe push the capitol building closer to the office building so I don't have to walk as damn far in the heat.

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