You can’t get much from a smoke-filled room, except a cough. That’s not where the big decisions get made these days. Elected leaders don’t want to only hear from a few well-connected lobbyists or insiders any longer. Smart politicians don’t go against a well-organized, well-messaged coalition of their constituents demanding change, even when the guys with the cigars are asking to keep the status quo intact. If you’ve painstakingly built one of those coalitions, you are way ahead of the game.
The challenge is in finding the people who will turn out on your behalf, making sure they’re educated on the issue at hand, and then handling the logistics to ensure that they appear on D-Day. We’ve knocked on doors and built coalitions for developers, educational institutions, transportation agencies, ski jump entrepreneurs, high-tech corporations, sports teams, and more.
We help develop messages, materials, and educational programs to make sure that our team is authentically grassroots, not artificial turf. And then we run the complicated process of making sure the voices of our coalition are heard at the right time by the right people.