Today, the “People’s Lobbyist” project has been launched to give Arizona residents a better chance to compete with highly-paid lobbyists who serve special interests and push legislation designed to further bureaucratic and corporate interests rather than those of “The People.”
The project, under development for nearly a year, provides voters with “alerts” on key legislation, and easy access to the the Arizona Legislature’s ALIS system. Residents taking action to either promote, or fight, a bill become an army of lobbyists serving the needs of the average resident.
Thanks to Arizona legislative expert Jose Borrajero, and the services of Axus Web Media, the project was developed to empower residents, who have been left out of the confusing and convoluted process, through which a bill is developed and ultimately becomes law.
As Borrajero frequently advises, “For those legislators who listen to citizen input, a major source of information is the testimony rendered at committee hearings, both in person and remotely.” The “People’s Lobbyist” project facilitates that delivery of information.
There are other sites out there that claim to offer the same opportunities as the “People’s Lobbyist” project . One is an expensive tool offered by a political insider news organization, and the other is AZVoices. There are significant differences between those and the free “People’s Lobbyist” project.
Unlike AZVoices, created by Arizona Senator Bob Worsley and former Secretary of State Ken Bennett, which drives people away from the ALIS system, the “People’s Lobbyist” project drives people to the system so that their voices can be a part of the legislative record.
Unlike AZVoices, the “People’s Lobbyist” project does not collect data from users, nor does it drop its own cookies. As a result of the “clean” design, the project has no commercial value. We do believe however that there is tremendous value to us all when people from all walks of life are involved in the policy making process.
Unlike the AZVoices website, which primarily serves the Greater Phoenix Leadership, Northern Arizona Leadership Alliance, Southern Arizona Leadership Council, and the chambers of commerce, the “People’s Lobbyist” project has no master but “The People.”
Unlike AZVoices, we do not pretend to be affiliated with any government entity, nor are we interested in making legislators’ lives easier. As a result, you will find a list of legislators and links to send emails directly to them at the right of the “People’s Lobbyist” project screen. They may not make much money, but their paychecks come from us and we have a right to communicate with them without interference.
View a sample of a report here