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New RAP Index-sponsored CMF Study Released

November 21, 2014

The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF), "a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to help Congress and its Members meet the evolving needs and expectations of an engaged and informed citizenry."

RAP Index is a proud sponsor of CMF's latest study from its Partnership for a More Perfect Union  program. Key findings of the report include:

Your Strongest In

November 20, 2014

While the punditry talk themselves breathless with speculation over direction, party leadership and control, a very different, much more pragmatically-driven discussion is taking place in the offices of advocacy professionals across the country.

"What's our strongest in?"

2014 Midterm Election Advocacy Impact Report

November 13, 2014

With the exception of a handful of races now headed to runoff or recount the 2014 Midterm elections are over. While the coming months will prominently feature endless discussion as to the legislative impact of the election, we thought it was important to briefly highlight the impact to yours and thousands of other advocacy-active organizations across the country.

Change and Opportunity

November 6, 2014

The 2014 Mid Term Elections are done.

Change is literally everywhere in the form of new senators, new governors, new congressmen and congresswomen, new statewide officials, and new policy-makers at the state and local level. It is, without a doubt, a historic shift. And, whatever issues and policy battles your organizations faces, this election, like every election, has created serious challenges and real opportunities that you must meet head on.

The results show that there will be a whole lot of new faces, and a few who got promotions, and who will now be shaping policy.

The US Senate, you are aware, is now controlled by the GOP with new senators taking office across the country. There will be over 60 new Members of Congress, with more than half of those having previously served either in state legislatures or in an appointed office. There are new governors in Massachusetts, Illinois, Arkansas, Maryland, Texas, Nebraska and control of state chambers has either switched in a number of states or the addition of new members of the party in control has increased.

The point is this: Here is your opportunity.

Are You Up For The RAP Index Challenge?

October 30, 2014

Less than a week away from election day and al across the country, GOTV efforts are in full swing. Doors are being knocked, mail is being dropped and soon all that will remain are thousands of either newly elected/reelected or newly unemployed elected officials.

We've been beating the "you're about to lose legislative relationships" drum pretty hard these past few weeks and now we are going to give you a chance to put what we've been saying to the test.

Introducing the RAP Index Challenge

Executers and Innovators in Advocacy

October 23, 2014

13 days from now you will arrive at your office to a measurably different reality than you experienced the day before.

Longtime allies will have already said their thank yous and goodbyes along with those electeds who never seemed to understand the impact of legislation on your organization and its stakeholders. Regardless of who won or lost, an important part of your daily focus will now be the identification and execution of the perfect introduction.

Like it or not this is a central feature in the legislative advocacy landscape but it doesn't have to be a painful process. In fact, with the right technology behind you, you can actually do much more without needing add additional staff while actually streamlining your personal workload in the process.

This Should Mean More To You Than The Party In Control On November 5

October 16, 2014

Every election cycle brings with it an overarching theme of party control. This theme, with all of its local-dynamic variances plays out in state and federal races across the country.

While any shifts in party control certainly shape macro legislative trends, this is far less important to seasoned advocacy professionals than the impact of an election on the elected-by-elected relationships that exist within the organization.

How helpful would it be to have a party in control that is more sympathetic to your organization's legislative needs if you lost 50% of your existing relationships in the process?

Locals Only...Dude

October 2, 2014

At the local level, the dynamics over the past few years have been nothing if not predictable.

Financial downturn places serious constraints on federal and state resources. A dysfunctional political process and the most significant upheaval in the way we provide health benefits places further pressure on federally-provided funds.

Gravity being what it is, the effects roll down the line, picking up momentum as they go. Their resting place? The counties and municipalities that reside at the bottom of the hierarchy of government organizations.

And what do these hyper-local governmental organizations do? Anything and everything they can to shore up their funding deficiencies.

Which begs the question - how is your organization's local key contacts program?

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