Direct Lobbying Direct Lobbying promotes and persuades Congress or the Administration to advance new initiatives or to oppose threatened action on matters of national public policy. Ledge Counsel executives meet with Members of the House of Representatives and Senate and their staff to advance the agendas of our clients. Our longstanding personal and professional relationships with elected and appointed officials (in Congress and the Executive Branch) opens doors for our clients. Ledge Counsel produces materials and documents supporting direct lobbying. For example we write and generate justifications, legislative drafts, legislative language, and testimonials from individuals involved in the program, project or activity. Our experience allows us to provide technical, political, and procedural support to congressional staff assigned to the subject matter of our clients. Ledge Counsel convinces an agency to interpret the law the way we believe Congress intended. Advocacy Training Ledge Counsel specializes in training and educating association and organization membership about the legislative process. We utilize a variety of tools including lectures, role playing, communication tactics, and letter writing samples, to convey information to your membership. We provide practical guidance on the "How To's" of communication and making the case. Ledge Counsel prepares copyrighted resource material as a handy reference for practice. We instruct clients on ways to persuade Congress or an agency to rectify existing laws or regulations that, often inadvertently, create problems or inequities for a single company, a small group of businesses, or an entire industry. Legislative Drafting Our legislative expert produces "industry-accepted" statutory provisions, such as bills and amendments for use in the legislative process. We create "industry-accepted" regulations for use in the regulatory process of comment periods and proposals. Ledge Counsel gives clients the power to focus their goals by having specific statutory changes to proposed, specific regulations. Because of our proximity to the Hill we have the ability to provide quick turnaround in response to actions in a committee markup, floor considerations, and conference between the House and Senate. Relationship Building Relationships: "On Capitol Hill, you are as good as your word." With twenty-five years of government service and decades of experience working with current staff and Members, Ledge Counsel maintains a powerful presence. Alan Lopatin is a known quantity as former counsel to several House Committees. He is considered a friend and colleague of top staffers and Members of Congress. Latest Political Information "Where action is measured in minutes and hours, not weeks, months, or years." Ledge Counsel prides itself on providing timely information and analysis of political and legislative activities. Our President personally writes newsletters and electronic communication for client membership and leadership. Most importantly we continually publish Budget Process updates to inform clients of developments in the congressional and executive budget processes as needed. Procedural Expertise The public has more power than credited. Every person in the United States of America has a say in the allocation of government funds. Most people are silent and with silence comes consent. Ledge Counsel is your organization's voice. We teach, encourage and help associations become an integral part of our public policy practice. This consists of helping clients persuade Congress and the Administration to allocate increasingly scarce federal funds for worthy projects. We also turn to the appropriations process to assist clients when they are unable to achieve legislative or regulatory goals through traditional avenues. At our urging, for example, Congress has been willing to preclude a recalcitrant agency from spending appropriated funds to enforce a rule or regulation harmful to our client's business interests.