What is a Lobbyist?

Lobbying (also lobby) is the act of attempting to influence decisions made by officials in the government, most often legislators or members of regulatory agencies. Lobbying is done by many types of people, associations and organized groups, including individuals in the private sector, corporations, fellow legislators or government officials, or advocacy groups (interest groups). Lobbyists may be among a legislator’s constituencies, meaning a voter or block of voters within his or her electoral district, or not; they may engage in lobbying as a business, or not. Professional lobbyists are people whose business is trying to influence legislation on behalf of a group or individual who hires them. Individuals and nonprofit organizations can also lobby as an act of volunteering or as a small part of their normal job (for instance, a CEO meeting with a representative about a project important to his/her company, or an activist meeting with his/her legislator in an unpaid capacity). (Wikipedia).

Can a Lobbyist represent more than one industry?

Yes. Lobbyists represent just about every American institution and interest group – labor unions, corporations, colleges and universities, churches, charities, environmental groups, senior citizens organizations, and even state, local or foreign governments. Some lobbyists work “in-house” and solely work for one company, agency, etc.; whereas, some lobbyists represent different entities to which they are contracted with. While lobbyists can represent different industries, they do not represent both sides of an issue and thus establish a “conflict of interest”.

How does a bill become a law in Texas?

The following diagram illustrates the process in which a bill becomes law. While the image depicts the Legislation starting in the House, the process can actually start in either chamber and then progress through both chambers accordingly until successfully making it the governors’ desk for approval. For further information, please visit Texas Legislative Information

 How do I start a PAC?

A political action committee (PAC) is a type of organization that pools campaign contributions from members and donates those funds to campaign for or against candidates or legislation. The Texas Ethics Commission website provides all the necessary information for a political action committee publications and guides.