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Education, Advocacy and Lobbying — Oh My!: What’s Allowed (and What’s Not) When Reaching out to Elected Officials [Webinar Video]

Politicians, lobbyists and advocates alike use the terms “education,” “advocacy” and “lobbying” interchangeably.   But what do they all mean?  When associated with a government agency or a non-profit it can be very confusing to know what’s allowed — and what will land you in hot water.  In this session we look at both the letter and the spirit of the law when it comes to lobbying and advocacy, as well as specific criteria you can use to assess your own situation.  Since local library supporters, whether staff, friends, trustee or board members, have the most influence in the legislative process, it’s important to know just how far you can go in connecting them with policymakers.  Believe it or not, you have more latitude than you think.  And, of course, as a private citizen no one can curtail your right to speak up and make a difference

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Ted Wegner is a former member of the Washington Office government relations team.


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    Hi! Links aren’t working. Is there any way to access this webinar still?

  2. Sorry about that! It looks like this webinar was presented in 2012 and has since been taken offline for containing outdated information. I will make a note of your interest in the topic and see if we can host a similar webinar or create a new resource to take its place in the near future.

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