About the Book

More citizen involvement is needed in our government processes to ensure the voices of the people are heard over the money of paid lobbyists, unions, and coalitions, both in Washington, DC, and in state capitals across the country. Too often our public officials seem removed from the people who hired them to be their representatives and fail to work on their behalf. The Citizen Lobbyist is a handbook for anyone who wants to learn about how to be active in local, state, and federal government and to have a voice in creating public policy. It gives a step-by-step plan on how to lobby elected officials about whatever issues you care about, offers information on how to plan a lobbying meeting for individuals and groups, and provides sample lobbying worksheets and resources to assist with finding legislative information and history. The Citizen Lobbyist is your go-to reference for being a grassroots activist and citizen lobbyist.

About the Author

Amanda Knief is a public policy and constitutional expert on religious freedom and civil liberties. She has worked as a legal counsel and legislative drafter for the Iowa legislature and the lobbyist for the Secular Coalition for America, and is currently the managing director and in-house counsel for American Atheists. She has a JD from Drake University Law School and a BS in journalism and science communication from Iowa State University.



ISBN: 978-1939578013 (paperback)

SRP: $9.95

Page count: 112 pages

Trim size: 4.75 x 7

Pub date: July 2013

Ebook availability: Available

Audiobook availability: Yes

Foreword by Rev. Barry W. Lynn. Preface. Acknowledgments. What Is Lobbying? Who Can Lobby? Focusing on and Identifying Issues for Lobbying. Who Is the Right Public Official for the Issue? Who, If Anyone, Do You Lobby With? First Contact: Setting Up a Meeting. What?! I Don’t Get to Meet the Big Kahuna? Trust and Reliability Determine Issue Success. The Visit: 10 Things to Remember. Elections. To Boldly Go—and Lobby. Resource Guide. Appendix I: Sample Lobbying Paper. Appendix 2: Sample Lobbying Visit. Notes. Index. About the Author.


The Citizen Lobbyist offers sound advice for presenting an issue to a government official. Legislative life would have been easier the past forty years had I been lobbied as Ms. Knief outlines.”

Pete Stark, U.S. Congressman, 1973–2013


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