A Practitioner's Guide to Lobbying and Advocacy in California

Author(s): Chris Micheli, Ray LeBov

Edition: 1

Copyright: 2020


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Over the years, both Ray LeBov and Chris Micheli have spoken about the lobbying profession and Ray has operated his successful Lobbying 101 and Lobbying 201 courses for more than a decade. They both have shared many insights and real-life stories about the legislative and lobbying processes in Sacramento.

It is often said that what we do in California leads the nation, for good or bad, and how that policy is made is important. So, Ray and Chris decided to put together a textbook from leading practitioners on the ground that they know would provide an engaging read for students while also providing in-depth knowledge of why advocacy is important and how it works and how to do it well.

Until the publication of this textbook, there has not been a book published on California state level lobbying. And, each book chapter was written by an expert is his or her area of state government lobbying expertise. As a result, unlike many other lobbying books authored by academics or former practitioners, this unique book was entirely written by more than 40 practicing California lobbyists and politicos. The wide-ranging, 45-chapter textbook provides an insider’s perspective on varying topics related to lobbying and working in the legislative process. Each chapter provides professional insights into current topics.

Section I. Getting Started
1 Who Qualifies as a Lobbyist? Diane Fishburn and Lacey Keys
2 FPPC Compliance for Lobbyists Thomas Hiltachk and Sarah Lang
3 Types of Lobbyists and Their Clients Mark Smith
4 Educating Lobbyists Ray LeBov and Chris Micheli
5 Finding a Job in the Lobbying Field Chris Micheli

Section II. Types of Lobbying
6 Lobbying the Legislature Mike Belote
7 Government Procurement Lobbying Rob Grossglauser and Chris Micheli
8 Regulatory Agency Lobbying Chris Micheli
9 Legislative Coalition and Grassroots Mobilization Efforts Mike Madrid
10 Nonprofit State Legislative and Regulatory Advocacy in California Jennifer Fearing

Section III. The Business of Lobbying
11 How to Open Your Own Small Firm Erin Niemela
12 Running a Successful Lobbying Firm Aaron Read
13 Getting and Retaining Clients John Latimer
14 Small, Boutique Lobbying Firms – Specialized, Personalized Gavin McHugh, Shari McHugh, Dawn Koepke and Naomi Padron

Section IV. The Mechanics of Lobbying
15 Best Practices for Lobbying Cassie Gilson
16 California Ethics Rules for the Lobbying Profession Tom Hiltachk, Chris Micheli and Charles H. Bell
17 Finding the Right Bill Author for Your Bill Ray LeBov
18 Negotiating Legislative Amendments Margaret Gladstein
19 Writing Effective Advocacy Letters Chris Micheli
20 Providing Effective Committee Testimony Chris Micheli
21 Securing Gubernatorial Signatures and Vetoes and Confirming Gubernatorial Appointments Chris Kahn
22 End-of-Session Plays and Pitfalls Dennis Loper
23 Lobbying Bill Referrals Chris Micheli
24 Tips for Effective Meetings with State Officials and Staff Andrew Antwih and Chris Micheli
25 State Budget Lobbying Diane Cummins
26 Tracking and Analyzing California Legislation and Regulations Chris Micheli
27 Effective Lobbying in the Rulemaking Process Anthony Samson
28 Lobbying Elected Officials: Suggestions for Success Marty Block and Chris Micheli
29 Developing Strategy and Tactics to Implement Your Lobbying Goals Ray LeBov and Chris Micheli

Section V. Specialized Areas of Lobbying
30 Navigating the Coastal Commission: A Guide to Effective Communications Susan McCabe
31 Lobbying at the Public Utilities Commission Carolyn Veal-Hunter
32 Advocacy before the California Transportation Commission Robert Naylor

Section VI. Lobbying Support
33 Lobbying Support Services Anne Kelly
34 Policy Analysis in the Legislative Process Thomas Nussbaum
35 Statutory Interpretation and Legislative Intent Research for Lobbyists Chris Micheli
36 Forming and Running Successful Lobbying Coalitions Jeanne Cain
37 Resources for Lobbyists Ray LeBov and Chris Micheli

Section VII. Working with and as a Lobbyist
38 Managing a Political Action Committee Martin A. Wilson
39 Working as an Association Lobbyist and Managing Contract Lobbyists Katherine Pettibone
40 Working as an In-House Lobbyist Martha Miller
41 Working as a Labor Union Lobbyist Caitlin Vega
42 Lobbying Sacramento from a Local Government Perspective Michael Turner
43 Working as a State Agency Lobbyist Ben Turner  

Section VIII. Alternatives to Lobbying
44 Use of Ballot Measures in Lobbying Brandon Castillo
45 Legislative Power: Challenging Statutes in the Courts Jon Coupa

Chris Micheli

Prior to forming Aprea & Micheli, Chris Micheli owned his own lobbying and consulting firm, Snodgrass & Micheli, LLC. He has substantial legislative and regulatory experience in the areas of state and local taxation, transportation, civil liability, privacy, insurance, labor and employment, health care, and procurement. He has represented a number of major clients including the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Mercury Insurance, Mattel, Lockheed Martin, Chevron/Texaco, the California Ambulance Association, and the California Grocers Association.

As a legislative advocate, Chris regularly testifies before policy and fiscal committees of the California Legislature, as well as a number of administrative agencies, departments, and boards. He regularly drafts legislative and regulatory language, and is considered a leading authority on state tax law developments and California's knife laws. The Wall Street Journal (July 1998) called him "one of the top three business tax lobbyists in the state." The Los Angeles Times (May 2005) described him as an "elite lobbyist," and Capitol Weekly (August 2006) described him as a "prominent lobbyist."

Chris has been an attorney of record in several key cases, having argued before the Supreme Court of California (just two years out of law school), as well as the Court of Appeal on several occasions. He has filed more than fifteen amicus curiae briefs in California courts. He has published over six hundred and fifty articles in professional journals, and more than one hundred editorials in newspapers and trade magazines, whose diverse subjects range from tax incentives to transportation funding. He writes regularly for several journals including the CEB Business Law Reporter and California Tax Lawyer.  His editorials have appeared in a number of daily newspapers, most of the business journals in this state, and all of California's daily legal newspapers. In addition, his work has been cited in court briefs, books, law review articles, and by the Congressional Research Service.

Chris is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, where he received his B.A. in Political Science - Public Service, and was named an "Outstanding Graduating Senior." He obtained his law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where he was on the Dean's Honor Roll in his final year. He is admitted to practice law before all of the state and federal courts in California. Chris also serves as an Adjunct Professor at McGeorge School of Law where he teaches Lawmaking in California.  Additionally, Chris has been qualified as an expert witness on California's knife laws in superior court, and has appeared as an expert witness before the State Board of Equalization in several key tax cases. He resides in Sacramento with his wife, Liza, and children, Morgan, Francesca, and Vincenzo.

Ray LeBov

Ray LeBov began working in Sacramento in 1975, when he was appointed as counsel to the Legislature’s Joint Committee on the Structure of the Judiciary. He served in various other legislative staff positions until 1991, most notably as counsel to the Assembly Committee on the Judiciary for his last twelve years.

In 1991 he joined the Judicial Council of California and served as the Council’s Director of Governmental Affairs from 1992 until his retirement from state service in 2004. As Director, he was the chief lobbyist for the state court system. He led the judicial branch’s successful efforts to enact myriad landmark legislation including the Trial Court Funding Act and the court unification constitutional amendment.

Since 2007, Mr. LeBov has also served as President of the Association for Professional Basketball Research (APBR). He also publishes the blog Basketball Intelligence, a daily digest of the best writing about professional basketball.

He has also been a featured columnist on lobbying for Capitol Weekly, and can presently be heard in a series of podcasts on effective lobbying practices for the Capital Center at McGeorge School of Law and Policy..

Mr. LeBov received his B.A. degree from Yale University and his J.D. from University of Southern California. Following his graduation from Yale, he served a year as a volunteer with VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), now a part of AmeriCorps.

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