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Below are frequently asked questions that we commonly receive at the Malloy Group. If you have additional questions, click here to e-mail us and we'll provide you with an answer.

What is a Lobbyist?

When did Lobbying begin and why is it necessary?

Why does my firm need a Lobbyist?

Trade Associations vs. Corporate Representation

 What is a Lobbyist:

A lobbyist or legislative/executive agent functions as a liaison between government and business, while providing clients with the following important services:

ball Discrete Representation: For some clients, our representation is more discrete. We work with our clients behind the scenes in an effort to build community and legislative support regarding a particular issue, piece of legislation or public policy that may affect them.

ball Monitoring: Monitoring and early warning of potential government policy shifts affecting your business.

ball Communication: Providing your firm access to the key decision makers in government and the ability to translate your concerns regarding specific issues for their consideration.

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When did Lobbying begin and why is it necessary:

Lobbying, when a private group tries to include government decisions has been a part of American politics since the nation was founded.  In fact, the practice to "petition the government" is guaranteed under the First Amendment.

According to Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.VA, one of the earliest accounts of lobbying occurred in 1792, when a group of Revolutionary War veterans hired William Hull to lobby Congress for more money for their services.  Since then, federal and state lobbying has mushroomed into a multi-billion dollar industry.  Critics believe the practice of lobbying goes against the common good, however, many officials believe that lobbying plays a vital role in the electoral process, saying that lobbyists help candidates understand the issues of most interests to voters.

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Why does my firm need a Lobbyist:

While most companies have fully staffed sales, marketing and legal teams, many do not have adequate coverage in government relations and find themselves unprepared in the event of unexpected and/or unfavorable legislation, regulation and public policy.

In Massachusetts alone, nearly 7,000 individual legislative proposals were filed in both the Senate and House in late 2004 for consideration during the 2005/2006 legislative calendar. Additionally, there are 200 members in both the Senate and House, with 39 committees and an average turnover of approximately 12% every two years.

When legislation is proposed that may affect your company/business you need 1) to be aware of that proposal; and 2) you need to know which legislators or committees will review the bill. Often times an unfriendly amendment is quietly attached to a bill and can be passed without warning - these are the kinds of situations active representation will avoid.

The Malloy Group constantly monitors all proposed legislation and amendments and has solid relations with the legislative and executive branches of government and access to the key decision makers. We will protect and promote your company's interests in the arena of government and public policy.

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Trade Associations vs. Corporate Representation -
When your trade association's Lobbyist may not be enough.

As in most trade associations, memberships can vary widely based on the size of your corporation and the members of the association. Your corporation could be a small member in a large association. If a larger member of the association proposes a bill that would be bad for your company, you may not be able to depend on your trade association to choose one member over another on the issue. This is not an uncommon occurrence in politics. The following provides a perfect, real-life example of such a situation:

Some of the smaller hospitals in Massachusetts have expressed an interest in performing "open heart" or cardio surgery and have proposed a bill allowing them to do so. Some of the larger and more powerful, teaching hospitals in Boston that currently have this ability and exclusivity to perform the surgery are, obviously, opposed to the legislation. The Massachusetts Hospital Association sees its membership on both sides of this issue, but is unable to choose, and so its lobbyists will not get involved in this process. Each hospital, within the same trade association, needs separate coverage to protect its own interests.

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