The Lobbying Show

52 EpisodesProduced by Jim O'Brien

A show about the world of lobbying: how it works, who’s lobbying, & how to be effective. Each week, we interview government affairs professionals and lobbyists to get their perspective on the industry.

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How to Make it in Albany: Hustle, Humility, and Hard Work

June 17th, 2019


David Weinraub is a Co-Founder of Brown & Weinraub, a government relations firm based in Albany, NY serving almost 200 clients. They work with …

It's All About Relationships - From Intern, to Congressional Chief of Staff, to the Weather Channel

June 10th, 2019


John Goodwin is the Vice President of Communications for the Weather Channel. He discusses the importance of networking, and offers insights he's picked up from a career working in Congress and in various government …

Building a Top-Ranked Firm in NYC

June 3rd, 2019


Suri Kasirer is the President and founder of Kasirer, LLC, the #1 NYC-based lobbying firm with over 200 clients. Suri shares insights into how to …

From Lobbyist to Serial Entrepreneur

May 27th, 2019


Mark DeSantis, PhD is the CEO of RoadBotics, a tech company that uses artificial intelligence and smartphones to help government and engineering firms make data-driven decisions regarding road and transportation …

Offshore Wind: Flavor of the Year - Hear from a Former Energy Commissioner

May 20th, 2019


David O’Connor is the Senior VP for Clean Energy and Technology at ML Strategies, a government relations powerhouse in Boston, where he works to …

A Deep Dive into the Polling Process

May 13th, 2019


Adam Probolsky is the President and founder of Probolsky Research, a non-partisan opinion research organization that conducts polling and analysis …

L.A. Politics, Ridesharing, and the Future of Tech Policy

May 6th, 2019



Chris Massey is the Head of Global Government Relations and Public Policy at Square - a financial technology and IT service management company …

The Keys to Managing Associations and Building Consensus

April 29th, 2019


Christopher Badgley is the Executive Director and CEO of the Association of Dental Support Organizations (ADSO), which represents dental practitioners across the U.S. This includes HR, tech support, financing, and the …

Working for Speaker Pelosi, Spotify, and More with Tom Manatos

April 22nd, 2019


Tom Manatos is the Vice President of Government Relations at Spotify. Spotify is the world’s most popular music streaming subscription service with a …

From the RGA to the Largest Law Firm in the World

April 15th, 2019


Paul Hatch is the CEO at Nextlaw Public Affairs Network. Hatch is also a Senior Advisor at Dentons, the largest law firm in the world, with offices …

In-house vs. Contract Lobbying: Understanding the Pros & Cons

April 8th, 2019


Today’s show features Ben Pearlman, Head of State Government Affairs, Northern Region for Lowe’s Companies, Inc., where he manages operations in over 25 states. Lowe’s started as a small local store, growing to a …

Microsoft, Yahoo, & Alibaba - Meet Bill Ashworth, Mr. Tech

April 1st, 2019


Bill Ashworth is the Director of State and Local Government Affairs at Alibaba Group, a multinational e-commerce company, headquartered in China. 

A Look Inside the Booming E-Scooter Industry with Casey Whittington

March 25th, 2019


Casey Whittington is the National Director of Government Relations at Blue Duck Scooters, a company offering an innovative transportation alternative through a scooter ridesharing app. They describe themselves as “a …

Launching a Firm and Lobbying in the Lone Star State

March 18th, 2019


A.J. Bingham is the Founder and CEO of The Bingham Group LLC, a full-service lobbying firm working on municipal, legislative and regulatory matters …

Building a Career in PR and Public Affairs: From Canvassing to Crisis Communications

March 11th, 2019


Jason Levin is the Public Affairs Director at Cerrell Associates, working in public relations and crisis communications. Levin shares his experience …

Jim Conroy: Campaign Manager for the Country's Most Popular Governor

March 4th, 2019


Jim Conroy was the campaign manager for Charlie Baker's 2018 reelection campaign. Baker currently serves as Governor of Massachusetts, and has the highest approval rating of any sitting governor in the United States. …

Building The Triangle: Creating Partnerships Between Government, Business, and Community

February 25th, 2019


Alex Tourk is the Founder and Principal of Ground Floor, a San Francisco based public affairs firm, with a diverse portfolio of clients, including …

Adobe: Transforming the Digital Experience with Government

February 18th, 2019


Anne Perkins is the Senior Manager of Government Relations at Adobe, based out of San Francisco, California. In addition to photoshop and PDF, Adobe offers services and marketing software to both private and public …

Disruptive Technologies: Scooters, Flying Cars, and more with Phil Recht of Mayer Brown

February 11th, 2019


Phil Recht is a Managing Partner at Mayer Brown LLC in Los Angeles, California, a global law firm with offices in the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Recht specializes in government relations and public law. …

From Bio Major to Lobbying for Blockchain

February 4th, 2019


From Bio Major to Lobbying for Blockchain

Kristin Smith is the Director of External Affairs at The Blockchain Association, a trade association for …

The Road Less Traveled; From Illustrating Children's Books to Designing Electrical Grids

January 21st, 2019


Katherine Hamilton is the Chair and cofounder of 38 North Solutions, a public policy firm focused on clean energy solutions. Hamilton is also a host …

From Fundraising to Fintech with PJ Hoffman

January 14th, 2019


PJ Hoffman is the Director of Regulatory Affairs at Electronic Transactions Associations (ETA), a trade association composed of over 500 …

Joshua Habursky - The Hardest Working Professional in Grassroots

January 7th, 2019


Joshua Habursky is the Assistant Vice President of Advocacy at the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), whose mission is to promote an environment for local banks to flourish. Habursky, a national leader in …

Lucy Gettman on the 2018 Election and the Growing Number of Women Serving in Government

December 31st, 2018


Lucy Gettman is the Executive Director of Women in Government , a non-partisan, non-profit organization that advocates for women state legislators. Women in Government offers training for women who are planning to run …

The Keys to Lobbying Success: Know your Facts, your Arguments, and Act with Integrity

December 24th, 2018


Eric Ellman is the Senior Vice President of Public Policy & Legal Affairs for CDIA. The Consumer Data Industry Association is a trade association …

Meet Bryan Jacobs - BMW's Head of Government and External Affairs

December 17th, 2018


Bryan Jacobs is the Vice President, Government and External Affairs at BMW. Founded in 1916, BMW is an iconic automobile and motorcycle manufacturer …

SGAC- Where Lobbyists go to Network, and Hone Their Skills

December 10th, 2018


Beth Loudy is the Executive Director of the State Government Affairs Council - the premier national association for multi-state government affairs …

From Oscar Campaigns to Political Campaigns and Government Affairs

December 3rd, 2018


Sarah Sheehy is the Senior Director, Government and Public Affairs at the Hollywood Burbank Airport.

  • Sarah attended undergrad at Santa Clara …

From Pittsburgh, to Brandeis, to Harvard Law, to D.C., and on to L.A. with Allen Erenbaum

November 26th, 2018


Allen Erenbaum is the President of the Consumer Health Alliance, and Principal of Erenbaum Legal Strategies. 

Allen has an extensive background in …

Bradley Tusk - Political Advisor to Uber and Other Tech Startups

November 19th, 2018


Bradley Tusk is a venture capitalist, political strategist and writer.   Bradley is the Founder and CEO of Tusk Holdings, which includes Tusk Ventures

Ron Kaufman's Master Class on Campaigns and the Executive Branch

November 12th, 2018


Ron Kaufman is a Senior Advisor in the Public Policy and Regulation practice at Dentons. He focuses on providing government affairs services to …

The Story Behind L.A.'s Most Legendary Lobbying Firm

November 5th, 2018


Founded in 1966 by legendary political consultant Joe Cerrell, Cerrell Associates is ranked as one of the nation’s largest independent public …

The Importance of Mentors, & How to Greet the President

October 29th, 2018


Omar Vargas is the Global Head of Government Affairs at 3M.   3M is a global science company with $32 billion in sales, operations in 71 countries, …

From the Paramount Studio Lot to the Political Arena

October 22nd, 2018



Today we sit down with Jessica Duboff, the Vice President of the Center for Business Advocacy at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.    The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce champions economic prosperity and …

Not one, but two CEOs!

October 15th, 2018


Today on the show, we have Mark Anderson and Michael Behm, the co-CEOs of Stateside Associates.

Stateside combines the core services of advocacy experience, strategy development, intelligence and execution.

They help …

A Day in the Life of a Pollster - Strategy, Messaging, and Probability

October 8th, 2018


Michael Bloomfield is the Executive Vice President and Managing Director of The Mellman Group, which has provided opinion research and strategic …

From Architect to Lobbyist: Noëlle Porter and the Fight to End Homelessness in the U.S.

October 1st, 2018


  • According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, Homelessness is a social ill that can be solved
  • The organization currently has a staff of …

Meet the Lobbyist with 50,000 LinkedIn Followers

September 24th, 2018


Jeff Taylor is the managing partner of U.S. Government Relations Intl., LLC (USGRI), a government affairs firm based in Washington, DC. He is also a principal in Falcontree Capital, LLC, a financial development firm, …

What Really Matters as a Lobbyist? Your Integrity.

September 17th, 2018


Diane Randall is the Executive Secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Diane leads FCNL’s staff to effectively educate and lobby …

The Three P's of Lobbying: Policy, Politics, and Process

September 10th, 2018


John Raffaelli is the founding partner of Capitol Counsel LLC. He has more than 30 years of experience in federal policy and policymaking, with an …

"We'll Zig When They Zag" - How State Lobbyists Can Work Better with Advocacy & Grassroots Firms

September 3rd, 2018


This week, we interviewed Vlad Cartwright of 720 Strategies. Vlad leads and develops national, regional and local campaigns and public awareness …

It's a Murder Mystery - and the Butler did it!

August 27th, 2018


Carl Szabo is the Vice President and General Counsel of NetChoice. NetChoice is a trade association of eCommerce businesses and online consumers all of whom share the goal of promoting convenience, choice, and commerce …

Eric Tanenblatt - Dentons

August 20th, 2018


In this week's episode we speak with Eric Tanenblatt, who is the Global Chair of Public Policy and Regulation of Dentons, the world's largest law …

Matthew Guilbault - Novartis

August 13th, 2018


Matthew Guilbault is Associate Director, State Government Affairs at Novartis. In this wide ranging interview, we discuss how he got into lobbying, …

Kevin Callahan - CompTIA

August 6th, 2018


This week we were at NCSL in Los Angeles, and caught up with Kevin Callahan - Director, State Government Affairs - Northeast for CompTIA. CompTIA is the world's leading tech association. They also develop certification …

Eric Schuller - Oasis Financial

July 30th, 2018


Well everyone, we’re a couple of weeks into the show, and the feedback has been great. Thanks to everyone who has listened in so far. Amazingly, you helped us crack the top 20 for podcasts – IN THE WORLD – in the …

Bob Maurice - Stateside Associates

July 23rd, 2018


Our last show was with Stephanie Reich from Stateside Associates – today we continue our visit with Stateside with an interview with Bob Maurice.  Bob also works on state and local issues.  Note to lobbyists - Bob is …

Stephanie Reich - Stateside Associates

July 23rd, 2018


We spent a morning at Stateside Associates in Washington, D.C.  Stateside is basically the firm that has any and ALL the state and local government …

Elizabeth Bartz - State & Federal Communications

July 12th, 2018


On this episode of The Lobbying Show, host Jim O’Brien interviews Elizabeth Bartz of State and Federal Communications - helping companies and …

Jenn Stowe - Carpet & Rug Institute

July 12th, 2018


Today on the show we speak with Jenn Stowe of the Carpet & Rug Institute. Jenn spent her first year after college in Mexico working at an …

Intro Episode

June 29th, 2018


Welcome to the Lobbying Show! We'll be posting episodes weekly on all things lobbying and government affairs related. 

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