To be an effective Federal government relations advocate (lobbyist), it is important to have credibility with policy makers, to have high standards of ethics, to have the ability to work with both Democrats and Republicans, to have the experience to know what is achievable for a client, to have the ability to craft a viable strategy to achieve those client goals, and to be able to implement that strategy successfully.

Before hiring a Federal relations advocate, potential clients should use this criteria to get a good sense of what others say about the person/firm being considered. It is also important for a potential client to know whether this will be a sound investment. In other words, is the advocate likely to provide real value? Results are important! Here are a few recent examples which illustrate the kind of work and the kind of results our firm has obtained and continues to obtain for our clients.

1.) Have provided DC based representation for South Carolina’s largest investor owned utility, the only Fortune 500 company headquartered in South Carolina, for the last twenty years. Have enjoyed a long record of success with bipartisan initiatives which have furthered the company’s policy agenda-most recently including working to successfully achieve fair treatment for nuclear power under the Clean Power Plan.

2.) Worked to enact a revised production tax credit for coal produced in Indian Country.

3.) Worked to insure continued Federal funding for research and development for a safe, effective AIDS vaccine.

4.) Successfully worked to gain full delegation support which contributed to a Department of Justice grant designed to provide a variety of assistance to those who suffered as a result of the Mother Emanuel AME Church, Charleston, South Carolina, slaying which occurred in 2015.

5.) Successfully worked to obtain the enactment of a law relating to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

6.) Successfully worked to achieve increased funding for a Department of Justice program which encourages law enforcement/community partnerships to reduce crime in high crime areas.

7.) Successful advocacy for a law that reduced royalty rates for trona mining on Federal lands. The law created jobs, expanded exports, reduced cost of production, yet still resulted in more Federal revenues.

8.) Successfully worked to obtain a $10 million Federal stimulus TIGER grant for a major drainage/community safety project.

9.) Successfully obtained $5 million from the Department of Energy to remediate a Cold War era uranium contaminated site on tribal lands.

10.) Obtained an interpretation of a regulation from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration relating to the transportation of regulated waste which saved the client millions in potential transportation costs, but at the same time, did not compromise safety.

11.) Successfully advocated on behalf of a broad group of hunting and fishing groups, conservationists, and the tourism industry, working with the Wyoming Republican Congressional delegation, to place a moratorium on new energy leases in a specified area within the Wyoming Range.

12.) For 20 years, have provided advice and counsel on a daily basis to a variety of clients concerning Senate parliamentary procedure, the Senate floor amendment process, and the formulation of legislative strategy for bills which reach the Senate floor.

13.) Successfully represented health care clients on CMS reimbursement issues.