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What is Local Government Lobbying?

Many think of lobbying as an activity focused on the legislative machines on a national and state level, but lobbying can be extremely effective at the local level including cities and counties. Texas has many large cities such as Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin where the interests of individuals, corporations, trade groups and associations are impacted by local government decisions and therefore need representation before these electorates. Local government lobbying is practiced in largely the same fashion as lobbying at the state and national level, with the exception of elected officials offices and scope. Often, lobbying efforts at the local level require engaging city councilpersons, mayors, city managers, judges, and county government officials. While the office names are different the goal is the same - to ensure the individuals representation and voice in the legislative process.