Why hire a consultant?

Because hiring an agent is the single most important step you, your group or your company, can take, when you need to persuade the public or elected officials toward your views.

Legislative Agents maintain the contacts and have the knowledge and experience to bring your issue to key decision-makers, legislative committees, state agencies and municipal government entities. Lobbying isn’t just about contacting elected officials; it is about contacting the right, elected official or agency department head.

  1. Always make sure that the firm you intend to employ believes in your issue.
  2. Always question a lobbyist’s ability to present your issue.

    The most effective way to HIRE a legislative agent is to check their references, reputation AND SUCCESS RATE.

    Reasons to hire A CONSULTANT;
  1. Cost Effective - Gathering information on who to talk to, where to find them, when to meet them, with a crafted message, is time and labor intensive and is often not cost effective for small groups or individuals. A agent can have this information in advance of your retaining their services and can leverage influence to advocate for many clients at one time. Real time technologies and familiarity with issues will help you make decisions with the best available knowledge.
  2. Experience with government process - such as grassroots efforts, political campaign issues and candidate issues can help an agent understand elected official’s specific challenges. Whether your organization needs a government grant, a government contract or departmental intervention, an experienced agent understands politician’s obstacles to getting intervention and resolution for your issue. 
  3. Experience with marketing, advertising & public relations - can prepare an agent for the many ways a client can communicate their message to the public or, elected officials and can assist with you identifying your target audience, as well as assist you with developing your message.
  4. Knowledge - Of the political landscape is crucial for your organization, company or industry. Political Consultants provide important services such as legislative knowledge, contacts, the skills of negotiations and consensus-building. Knowing which elected or appointed official to contact for your specific issue. Knowing who to communicate with gets results. Knowing people and personalities, party leaders, committee chairpersons and their staff is half the battle. Agents at Dakota Public Relations are experts in this area. 
  5. Relationships - Above all an excellent agent has a good reputation in their community and good relations with individuals. An agent with a good reputation, chooses reputable clients with rational issues, charging reasonable rates AND act ethically on their client’s behalf. Agents can make appropriate political contributions and report logical expenditures for meals, travel and entertainment, to regulating agencies while seeking effective action for your issue and helping you achieve your group’s goals.
  6. Reputation – Above all an excellent lobbyist has a good reputation in their community and good relations with individuals. A lobbyist with a good reputation, choosing reputable clients with rational issues, charging reasonable rates, can act ethically on their client’s behalf. Lobbyist can make appropriate political contributions and report logical expenditures for meals, travel and entertainment, to regulating agencies while seeking effective action for your issue and helping you achieve your group’s goals.
  7. Results - Hiring an agent is one of the most important and effective steps you can take for your group to advocate for your issue. There is no replacement for having representation in the center of political influence, advocating for your interests. Having a full-time representation builds your credibility and demonstrates commitment to your issue.

If you have read this far, what are you waiting for? Lets discuss your issue by calling us at 701-629-8875 or E-mail: DAKOTAPUBLIC@GMAIL.COM