How To: Become of a Political Activist/Lobbyist




mpzreb17

Troublemaking Redneck
#1
Background about me? Families been in this state since Virginia City. I am from LV, left my teenage years for dixie and came back in my 20s.
Credentials: BA Political Science, college paper columnist (named most controversial in history for the state), did some TV and radio during school, and then senior year interned to be the co campaign chair for a local mayoral race in the college town (lost by 132 votes, recount triggered said lost by 48. 52k was the turnout. I didnt get into law school so I deal cards on swing shift and play politics by day.
Area of current expertise: 2A Activism. See my contact officials threads in RKBA and State and Local Politics sub boards, also if mod approved (titan okayed it in PM) same thread is in announcements.
Supplemental info: this thread has all the contact info of prople you need to be reaching out to.

So you want to become an activist, yeah? If you post here you should be one for 2A issues anyway. Well there isn't much to it. I'm not going to tell you to go volunteer, nor am I going to say sending pre made emails by GOA/NRA counts. This thread is how to do it yourself, and if @titanNV likes where things are going because enough of us are doing this maybe we can become NVShootersPAC some day.

You'll need a few things:
1. Know your legislator or targeted officials name and office address and number.
2. Stamps. For letters, emails are second rate to them.
3. Information on local events, including how to get a permit if you go so far as to plan.
4. Talking points. Solid ones, preferably clear and concise.
5. Spending Money and if state law requires, lobbyist registration in the event you spend money on wining and dining officials/gifts.. (100$ max if just an activist advertising events. More if you try lobbyist things explained below)
6. Social Media for your activist activities.

Got what you need? Great! So heres what you do next.

The order of operations is simple. Attend or plan meetings/rallies/events. Get involved in in local advocacy groups, network with like minded folks so pretending like the topic is guns, pro gun co workers like armed security if in a casino, guys at the range, neighbors you're friends with, etc.

Call your elected officials. There are threads in the main political forums with all the numbers you need. Call them enough to be on a first name basis, and if wanting to be a registered lobbyist always invite them to lunch or dinner if youre in the capital. This may require registering as a lobbyist, so to be safe just guarantee campaign contributions as long as they maintain a perfect voting record on guns. State that you and your buddies will all donate the max at his next fundraiser.

You can also file to become a political action committee with your buddies, which if anyone with a big financial backing is interested in doing I already have the groundwork for a pro gun one via a facebook page 4000 members strong and subsequent private group with 2k members. PM me, I dont mind being the "face" of such an organization nor do I mind serving as an advisory role. Just google how to file for superPAC status, its easy and being one comes with the weight of having a higher donation limit to political campaigns.

Write your elected officials as often as you can. Just like calling them, whether you want to discuss opposition to a ban bill or support for something like a suppressor allowance bill, or just want to voice general satisfaction or dissatisfaction a stamped letter means more to them than an email.

Use your talking points in all correspondence whether verbal or written. My favorite are FBI crime statistics that show just how few rifle deaths occur each year, and that suicides are lumped into gun deaths.

Never threaten or bribe officials. Its safe to form friendships like send a gift for the wife or treat to lunch while discussing a bill, but again, in many states that requires registering as a lobbyist. A way to skirt the lobbyist requirements however is if you are or know a casino host, its gray area to comp them a room and or a meal. Liquor store clerk? I once got Thad Cochrane to vote a certain way by telling him his order was free and then paid for it after he left. It was legal then and probably still is now.

Visit them at their offices when they are home. Know they like a certain booze? Gift them a bottle when you visit them. Do it the second time, the first time you may not get past the secretary. You can always bring her a little something like a box of chocolates to get a meeting, though. I dont believe gifts to office secretaries need to be reported. In some states gifts to EOs under 100-500$ value dont require lobbyist registration, this covers a good amount of things like cigars and liquor bottles. This, like dinners and donations are optional, as the foundation to successful activism falls on events and correspondence. But getting on a first name basis with these guys? Priceless. Invite them shooting even! Some will say yes, you'd be surprised. If they do? During a mag change say, "boy it sure would suck if they banned this right we're using as a pastime!" You'll certainly get a point across that way.

Event Behavior

Activists need to follow a code of conduct. Code Pink types get arrested for yelling in public hearings, dont do that. Same for signs. But if its a march? Make an effective sign. Hand out flyers going into events or marches. Be loud and proud. If its an open carry march, carry! Can you plan a march, OC or not? Do it but dont forget to get the needed city permits.

When writing officials dont offer campaign donations and never put in writing anything that can be used against you or taken as a threat. Try to keep it all to one page, supplemental pages with attached statistics is fine but your message should be clear and concise. Faxing them from time to time works too, as does the occasional email but always rely first on USPS.

Recommended Reading

Stones Rules by Roger Stone is a good one.

Alinskys Rules for Radicals can be coopted and modified to fit a right wing agenda.

Social Media

USE it. Get photo ops and share them there. Announce events there. Build a following. You just might wind up needing to upgrade to a website because youre suddenly doing TV and Radio and have become a successful activist or lobbyist that does it as a full time job. Firms will see your dedication, you can choose to work for one or start your own. Up to you. I recommend using funny subject related memes and witty wording. Also spending the 5 bucks to advertise a few posts. These actions will gain followers. Followers attend events and also take time to call and write their officials.

From there its just a matter of keeping up with bdrs and proposals and acting accordingly.

Tldr: activists attend events and call/write officials. Lobbyists spend money to wine and dine officials. Pick one or both and do it! If you post here, be a 2A activist. It takes two hours a month to talk to officials. Add to it if you know about it in the replies or AMA on any questions you may have. If anything youre considering is gray area, consult an attorney first and by all means link them here.
 
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titanNV

NRA Endowment Member
Administrator
Forum Supporter
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Never threaten or bribe officials. Its safe to form friendships like send a gift for the wife or treat to lunch while discussing a bill, but again, in many states that requires registering as a lobbyist. A way to skirt the lobbyist requirements however is if you are or know a casino host, its gray area to comp them a room and or a meal. Liquor store clerk? I once got Thad Cochrane to vote a certain way by telling him his order was free and then paid for it after he left. It was legal then and probably still is now.
I am not sure this is true anymore. I remember former State Senator Robison passed some bill that made it illegal to buy dinner or gifts of any kind for elected officials, or something to this effect. I could be remembering the specifics/details incorrectly.
 

mpzreb17

Troublemaking Redneck
#3
I am not sure this is true anymore. I remember former State Senator Robison passed some bill that made it illegal to buy dinner or gifts of any kind for elected officials, or something to this effect. I could be remembering the specifics/details incorrectly.
Better to be safe than sorry. Consider it fair warning if youre going to try to give gifts, just register as a lobbyist with the sec of state office and report as required. Activism costs nothing anyway, I only brought the possible lobbyist stuff up because some people are financially able to play the game. All you need as John Doe is go to meetings, then use a pen, stamps, and phone.
 

JohnnyK

"My name is NOT Johnny!"
Forum Supporter
#4
This is "sarcastic" and not intended to be serious, so please don't assume that it is!

You seemed to forget the FIRST STEP for this process: Quit your job and move in to your parents basement!

Again, this is "sarcastic" and not intended to be serious, so please don't assume that it is! real-men-dont-need-guns-isnt-that-right-mommy.jpg
 

bjelinek

Poster
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2019 Supporter
#5
One note, to talk with any representative other than your own you need to be registered as a lobbyist in Nevada and identify yourself as such. This is why Nevada is the most heavily lobbied state if you believe the Sagebrush State textbook that is used for Nevada Government in NSHE schools.
 

Ron_O

Cave Dweller
#6
One note, to talk with any representative other than your own you need to be registered as a lobbyist in Nevada and identify yourself as such. This is why Nevada is the most heavily lobbied state if you believe the Sagebrush State textbook that is used for Nevada Government in NSHE schools.
That's got to be BS. Any law that prevents me from discussing important topics with ANY elected person in Nevada has to be illegal. Are you suggesting that I can't call XYZ Senator that heads a certain committee (or send him an email) UNLESS I'm a registered lobbyist?
 

bjelinek

Poster
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2019 Supporter
#7
That's got to be BS. Any law that prevents me from discussing important topics with ANY elected person in Nevada has to be illegal. Are you suggesting that I can't call XYZ Senator that heads a certain committee (or send him an email) UNLESS I'm a registered lobbyist?
NRS 218H

That's what they taught me in Nevada Government. That is why the number of lobbyists in the state of Nevada is so high compared to the body itself.