Posts Tagged ‘columbia books’

Association TRENDS Previews “Factors of Influence”

Monday, October 14th, 2013 by Geoffrey Lyons

ASSOCIATION TRENDS, another division of Columbia Books, has published a preview of its annual report titled “Factors of Influence of Lobbying Firms.”  From the article:

Since 2010, Association TRENDS has been performing an annual analysis of government affairs firms on several “factors of influence” to help determine which firms are the most influential with respect to public policy….Government affairs firms were scored on 12 factors of influence that we believe contribute to the firm’s overall level of influence, including conventional metrics, such as total income and number of clients, as well as a host of more robust metrics, some of which are detailed in this article.

Van Scoyoc, Podesta, and Cassidy & Associates feature on this year’s list of top scoring firms.  See who else made the list  here.

U.S. Handbook Appears in Washingtonian

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 by Geoffrey Lyons

THIS MONTH’S WASHINGTONIAN includes a detailed profile of Washington power player, veteran lobbyist, and Bravo star, Edwina Rogers. The 2,500-word portrait depicts Rogers as someone with an eclectic if paradoxical political philosophy (containing such seemingly irreconcilable beliefs as “nontheism” and staunch support for the Bush administration), with an overall emphasis on her unlikely new gig as the Executive Director for The Secular Coalition for America, an atheist interest group.  Even best-selling author and biologist Richard Dawkins commented on the hire, calling it “shrewd.”

But the central message of the article is quite different for those of us in the offices of Columbia Books, of which and its blog are a division. Our eyes tend to focus not on the words themselves, but rather the accompanying picture. In this, Rogers is wielding a choice prop: The Original U.S. Congress Handbook, which has been published annually by Columbia Books since the Ford administration. This small, glossy directory of incumbent Congressmen has long been a fixture of Washington culture, and is a tool that inner beltway superstars and newcomers alike have sworn by.  Apparently Rogers is no exception.

Thanks for the free ad, Washingtonian!

Hyatt Regency Ranked Best Hotel for Fly-ins

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 by Geoffrey Lyons

YESTERDAY’S POLITICAL INFLUENCE newsletter, published daily by POLITICO, featured the Association TRENDS Fly-in/Legislative Day Yearly (F.L.Y.) Guide, a ranking of D.C.’s most popular fly-in hotels.  Association TRENDS – which, like, is a division of Columbia Books – publishes the guide every year in its monthly, and discusses the results at an annual breakfast on fly-ins.

The value of ranking D.C. hotels rests on the premise that selecting the best available venue is the most important decision a planner can make when coordinating a fly-in.  As a matter of definition, you hgh height growth can’t have a fly-in without a hotel, so one must choose wisely.  This year’s all-around winner was Hyatt Regency, earning best overall, best meeting rooms, best logistics, and most knowledgeable of fly-in protocol (there’s a low bar here: most hotel staff don’t have a clue what ‘fly-in’ even means).  If location were its own category, the Regency would tie with The Liaison Capitol Hill, both of which are mere steps from the Capitol.

The full results, which were very graciously uploaded by POLITICO, can be viewed here.

Two New Resources for Lobbyists

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 by Geoffrey Lyons

The State Lobbying Compliance Handbook is available fore pre-order here.  The 113th Congressional Freshmen Report can be ordered as a full report or with select member profiles here.   

THIS BLOG HAS  no objection to self-promotion. But even if it did it would strain to suppress the announcement of’s two latest publications, The State Lobbying Compliance Handbook and The 113th Congressional Freshmen Report, both of which cast fresh light on areas hitherto very dim.

Take state lobbying. Until now, there have only been feeble attempts to conglomerate the disparate and contradictory elements of state lobby law. Yet the appetite for such a project has grown in recent years. Post-recession stimulus provoked a clamoring for clout in state legislatures and governors’ offices. Washington gridlock has driven many to look elsewhere.  State and local government affairs operations have sprung up to compete with their federal counterparts. Natural as these actions were, they each brought headaches – nobody knew what they were doing. There was no authority to declare that principals must register in California whereas across the border in Oregon and Nevada no such requirement exists. There was no treasury of paperwork from which lobbyists and practitioners could access any form requisite to compliance. There simply was no escape from the cumbersome research required to get things moving.

The State Lobbying Compliance Handbook, published by Columbia Books in collaboration with Holtzman Vogel Josefiak PLLC, is a deliverance from these woes. Due in March (and available for pre-order here), the book offers as its main feature concise summaries of each state’s lobbying regulations with up-to-date forms ready for submission. In just a few hundred pages, it slashes the countless opportunity costs that would otherwise be squandered on research, and extinguishes the potential risk of noncompliance.

Though very different, The 113th Congressional Freshmen Report has a similar function. Like the state handbook, it brings understanding where understanding is both anxiously wanted and hopelessly lacking. The freshman class of the 113th Congress is, to a large extent, unknown. Its members have no congressional track record, and many haven’t uttered a breath on policy positions important to lobbyists. Most significantly, this unfamiliar cohort comprises over a sixth of Congress.

Dr. Gary Feld, founder of PowerBase Associates, assigned his research staff the task of discovering more about these newcomers. After combing through thousands of media sources, filtering the results, and fitting them into a readable guide, the report was born.  Now being published by Columbia Books, its use will hopefully make the new Congress less of an enigma.