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Growing Your Public Policy Toolbox by Larry Dowell

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Growing Your Public Policy Toolbox by Larry Dowell

  1. 1. Facilitated by Larry Dowell, Dowell ManagementGrowing Your PublicPolicy Toolbox
  2. 2. Background• Survey conducted for U.S. Chamber GovernmentAffairs Conference last October• Over 50 responses nation wide• All chambers with government affairs programs• Our professional observations & examples
  3. 3. 1. Check all of the following your chamber doesinvolving candidates or other campaigns•0102030405060708090100Ballot proposal positionsCandidate debatesCandidate questionnaires PACs
  4. 4. 1. Check all of the following your chamberdoes involving candidates or othercampaigns051015202530354045Candidateendorsement(PAC)CandidaterecruitmentCandidateschoolIndependentexpenditureCampaignfundraisingCandidateendorsed bychamber
  5. 5. Candidate Questionnaire• Example: WI- 7, MN-1, IA-3IA-3 Chamber Candidate Questionnaire
  6. 6. Candidate QuestionnaireSample Questions• Please describe your views of the Free Enterprisesystem and your thoughts on if it is threatenedtoday or in the future.• Do you think the growth of government at alllevels, and the deficits that follow, negativelyimpact job creation?• Would you deal with the debt and deficit issuesthrough increasing governmentrevenue, decreasing government spending, orboth?
  7. 7. Candidate School Example:Charleston (SC) Chamber of Commerce
  8. 8. 2. Check all of the following your chamberdoes to educate members on policy andpolitics.•020406080100120Inform viaelectronic formatPublic policyspeakersMonitor/publishvoting recordsRelease annualvoters guideOther
  9. 9. Lubbock City Council Vote Record Detailed TabulationChamber Mayor DeLeon Price Klein Beane Leonard GilbreathSelection of DowntownMaster Developer Support Support Support Support Support Support Support SupportLP&L OrdinanceAmendment Support Support Support Support Support Support Support SupportZoning Code Amendmentfor Off-premises AlcoholicBeverage Sales Support Support Support Support Support Support Support SupportContractural Agreementwith Downtown MasterDeveloper Support Support Support Support Oppose Oppose Support SupportVoting with the Chamberposition 4 4 4 3 3 4 4Voting against the Chamberposition 0 0 0 1 1 0 0Not VotingVoting Records Example:Lubbock Chamber of Commerce
  10. 10. SOUTHDAKOTA StateDistrict 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 % Lifetime %Johnson TimP.D SD 1 + - - - - - + + 38 50Thune John R SD 2 + + ? ? + + + + 100 90NEBRASKA StateDistrict 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 % Lifetime %Nelson E.BenjaminD NE 1 + - + - - + + + 63 77Johanns Mike R NE 2 + + + + + + + + 100 96U.S. Chamber Voting Tracker
  11. 11. Public Policy Guide Example: Salt Lake Chamber
  12. 12. 3. Check all of the following your chamber utilizeson key issuesTake officialpositions on publicpolicy issues9393.59494.59595.59696.5Meet with stateofficials and testifywhen neededAsk members to speakwith their electedofficials
  13. 13. 3. Check all of the following your chamberutilizes on key issues• 82.6%- Meet with local officials and testify whenneeded• 76.9%- Meet and testify with federal officials• 75%- Policy research and development
  14. 14. 3. Check all of the following your chamberutilizes on key issues• 69.2%- Use an online grassroots system• 65.3%- Use polling as a tool for advocacy• 44.2%- Organize using a grass tops approach• 28.8%- Litigation or legal advocacy
  15. 15. 4. Check all the following your chamberdoes to advance your advocacy and policyagendaTop answers:• Public policy committee• Use social media• Coalition and networkbuilding• Staff devoted to public policy
  16. 16. • 70%- Appointment recommendations• 68%- Earned media• 45%- Media partnerships• 32%- Paid media• 18%- Demonstration projects and pilots
  17. 17. Ballot Initiative Example: North Dakota Chamber
  18. 18. 5. Check all of the following issues that yourchamber has advocated on in the past year•Top Three:• Taxes• Education/Workforce Prep• Transportation/• transit funding
  19. 19. 5. Check all of the following issues that yourchamber has advocated on in the past year• 82%- Budget• 82%- Regulatory reform• 76%- Local project funding• 70%- Energy/environmental• 64%- Health Care• 50%- Trade expansion
  20. 20. 6. What currently prevents your chamberfrom growing your advocacy programs?#1 answer:Lack of resources and time
  21. 21. DiscussionHow does your chamberadvocate and ensure a strongbusiness voice is heard?

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