Services & Solutions
We are a full-service government relations and advocacy company with the experience, knowledge, and relationships necessary to help you achieve your political objectives.
Effective lobbying requires an understanding of the process, the policy, and the players. We possess the experience and knowledge to connect all three.
Capitol Advocacy represents clients before the State Legislature, the Governor’s Office, state agencies and departments, and regulatory boards and commissions. In addition to decades of lobbying experience, we have worked as senior staff in the State Assembly, State Senate, and in the Executive Branch. Our experience navigating each of these is second to none.
We also focus on knowing the policy and the politics. It’s not enough just to show up and advocate. We believe it’s important to develop an intimate understanding of the issues we work on — and we accomplished that across a broad array of policy areas, from healthcare to high-tech. We also realize that politics can shape any issue and we are keenly aware of the relationships, the dynamics, and the objectives of each elected official.
Our team works year-round to build relationships that are critical to shaping policy in Sacramento. That means we are always positioned to connect with the right people at the right time, no matter the issue or the policymaker.
By mastering the process, understanding the policy and politics, and possessing relationships with key players in Sacramento, the Capitol Advocacy lobbying team helps clients win — whether there’s a crisis, a high-profile battle, a regulatory need, or an interest to protect.
California’s budget process is an ever-changing maze of moving parts. The State suffers from excessive demands on limited resources, institutes complex and cumbersome funding formulas, and mandates sometimes unrealistic and detrimental requirements on its contractors and private partners. The budget process happens quickly and sometimes very quietly behind closed doors. That’s why there’s no one better to advocate for you than Capitol Advocacy. Whether fighting to secure funding or defending against budget cuts, we work with our clients to manage the state budget process every step of the way, and to find creative solutions to budget challenges.
The Firm has spent years working the budget maze and is widely respected by long time budget staffers and leadership. Capitol Advocacy is an expert in the budget process, and knows how to best advise its clients to be successful in advancing or opposing a budget deal.
Whether advocating for legislation or trying to stop a bad bill, building a broad-based coalition helps to increase our client’s success. That’s why at Capitol Advocacy we focus intensely on building the right support network for the most effective public affairs campaign.
We work with a broad array of advocates — from business leaders and environmental activists to community groups, labor, trade associations, grassroots organizations and local elected officials. It is our long-term relationships with these groups that help to attract advocacy partners to a coalition and make a legislative effort successful.
In each coalition, we use our understanding of California’s political landscape to assemble an effective team of messengers, give them the tools they need to communicate the right message, and then deploy them to achieve our clients’ goals.
Whether leading or working with a coalition, we understand the importance of having the right messenger deliver the most effective message to a policy maker.
It’s always better to prevent a crisis than be confronted with one. That’s why our lobbyists work with clients to develop strategic plans that anticipate threats and opportunities.
We understand the impact of, and constantly gauge, which issues are most likely to be at the forefront of each legislative session. This allows us to protect our clients against potential threats by staying ahead of the game, anticipating change, responding to legislation, and crafting administrative actions to move their agendas forward.
Cookie-cutter strategies don’t work in California. The state’s political environment requires not only strategic planning, but creativity to break through the noise and make sure the message is heard by the relevant decision makers. We believe in a tailored approach for each client and each issue.
We view ourselves as part of our clients’ teams, sharing their eagerness to meet strategic objectives and achieve long-term success.
California’s political landscape shifts on a near-daily basis. We help our clients understand and effectively navigate the constant change resulting from each legislative and statewide election cycle.
We believe it’s not enough to simply throw money into the political process. We strive to make our clients’ participation strategic and meaningful. That means using political action purposefully to increase clients’ visibility, make progress toward strategic goals, and build the right relationships for long-term benefit.
In each two-year election cycle we evaluate the key legislative races and the most critical ballot initiatives, and advise our clients on how and when to participate. We also develop a comprehensive strategy every four years when the voters of California decide on the eight statewide Constitutional offices and four state Board of Equalization offices.
In the most recent election cycle, Capitol Advocacy assisted our clients in thoughtfully deploying several million dollars in political contributions to candidates and statewide ballot measure committees.
Even for clients with little or no political budget, we provide ongoing, strategic advice about the political environment and how it will impact their ultimate goals.
California government spends billions of dollars annually on goods and services, making it a market ripe with opportunity. However, accessing those contracting opportunities is challenging due to complex procurement rules and policies, the state’s ever-changing budget situation, and the nuances of politics in the overall process. Capitol Advocacy’s familiarity with these challenges uniquely positions us as one of the most experienced firms in helping clients successfully contract with California.
We are constantly searching for opportunities for our clients to do business with the state, even before such opportunities are formally announced. We will work with you to develop a comprehensive procurement lobbying strategy tailored to your specific needs. We will craft a bid development and provide guidance on bid protests if needed. And we will work diligently to strengthen your relationships with key state officials.
We have successfully represented companies in areas including: corrections, education, healthcare, information technology, and transportation. By taking a multi-faceted approach, anticipating threats, and capitalizing on opportunities, Capitol Advocacy is well-equipped to accomplish your procurement goals.