American League of Lobbyists Members Finalize Vote to Rebrand the Association
Alexandria, VA -- The American League of Lobbyists (ALL) members voted to rebrand the organization to the Association of Government Relations Professionals (AGRP). The vote, which occurred between October 15th, 2013, and concluded on November 15th, was overwhelmingly (83%) in favor of the change. Thirty-five percent of the membership participated in this historic vote.
The ALL Board of Directors recommended the rebrand to its members in October. The new brand is intended to reflect the continuing evolution of the profession and to more accurately represent the range of associated professions involved in the government relations, lobbying, and public affairs community.
This decision concludes a year-long, comprehensive review of ALL’s mission, membership, programs and potential for growth. The board of directors found that the majority of ALL’s membership no longer identified themselves as ‘only lobbyists’ and that most surveyed stated that their responsibilities as a lobbyist encompassed just a fraction of their duties. ALL leaders noticed this trend in 2000, but have seen it more pronounced and accelerated in recent years.
Monte Ward, president of ALL (now AGRP), said, “I’m pleased at both the high participation rate by our members and the outcome of the vote. The Board’s main goal is to serve the membership and this is the first step to provide a home to all those involved in the government relations profession. ALL has always been a big tent organization, and I am excited that our new name will better reflect that reality. AGRP will be the voice of an inter-related professional community that is united in working toward open and transparent debates in the formulation of public policy, and ensuring the highest ethical standards are practiced by all in the broader government relations profession.”
The lobbying and government relations community can also expect several significant changes to supplement the range of programs and services provided to ALL members. At the Annual Meeting on November 21st, the AGRP logo will be unveiled as well as a new website.
Nominating Committee Makes 2014 Recommendations
On November 7th, ALL’s President, Monte Ward, announced to the membership the Nominating Committee’s recommended slate of officers and directors for 2014. The Nominating Committee, chaired by former ALL president Dave Wenhold of Miller/Wenhold and including Dom Ruscio of CRD Associates and Pamela Whitted of the National Stone Sand and Gravel Association recommended the following slate of candidates:
President -- Monte Ward, Advanced Capitol Consulting, 1st Vice President -- Jim Hickey, Day & Zimmermann, 2nd Vice President -- Paul Kelly, The Federal Group, Secretary/Treasurer -- Paul Kangas, Assurant, Immediate Past President -- Howard Marlowe, Marlowe & Company
Board Members - 3 Year Term
Tim Fenton, Thermo Fisher Scientific,
Mike Aitken, Society for Human Resource Management,
Gene Moran, Capitol Integration, Paul Kanitra, Lobbyit.com
This slate will be presented to the membership at ALL’s Annual Meeting on November 21st for a vote. Upon a positive vote, the new directors will begin their terms on January 1, 2014.
If approved, this slate will join those who are currently serving on the board: Robert Hay, American Society of Association Executives, Amy Showalter, The Showalter Group, Carrie Bachner, Mission Concepts Inc., Omar Franco, Becker-Poliakoff, Pam Whitted, National Stone Sand and Gravel Association, Laura Perrotta, American Traffic Safety Services Association, Dom Ruscio, CRD Associates, and Hon. Jim Walsh, K & L Gates
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Welcome from Monte Ward, ALL President
Welcome to the American League of Lobbyists' (ALL) Web site. For the past 30 years, ALL has been the preeminent national organization representing professional lobbyists. Our mission is to "enhance the professionalism, competence, and high ethical standards for public policy professionals through education, information exchange and the on-going advocacy of the Constitution's First Amendment right to petition government. Our core values and beliefs are:
- Freedom of Speech - We believe in the Constitutionally-protected right of freedom of speech, the public’s right to petition government, and the right of all Americans to be represented before government.
- Ethical Conduct - We believe in ethical conduct at all times and in all transactions by all lobbying professionals.
- Transparency - We believe in transparency in the practices of lobbying professionals and government.
- Service - We believe in the value of representational services that lobbying professionals provide to the American public and government.
Lobbyists have been an integral part of our representative system of government since the founding of the Republic. There are lobbyists involved with the schools, churches, retail businesses, and corporate interests you see each day. Of course, each individual and business can go to Washington, DC, on their own to ask Congress to respond to their needs. However, professional lobbyists know the intricacies of the process - who to talk to, how and when to present an effective argument, and what needs to be done to follow-up. Lobbyists and public policy professionals also serve as valuable sources of information and education for elected officials to tap into to better understand how their decisions affect their constituents and the country overall.
Above all else that we do, ALL is committed to promoting ethical lobbying. We have been at the forefront of both calling for and helping to write laws that require federal lobbyists to register with Congress. We have promoted transparency so that anyone can use the Internet to see who our clients are, what issues we are working on, and how much we are paid. ALL prescribes a strong Code of Ethics for its members to follow, as well as, a rigorous Lobbying Certificate Program that assures lobbyists have a complete knowledge of the legislative and regulatory processes.
As ALL's president in 2013, I am focused on growing our membership and providing members with the tools to help them be successful in their profession. We will be growing our suite of member benefits and educational offerings to help lobbyists and government affairs professionals at all stages in their career. To join the League, complete our online application. Your membership will not only help you and your career, but will also signal your support of an open, accessible, and well-informed government that fosters the public trust and values the significant role lobbyists and government relations professionals play in the public's right to be represented before government.
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