John Peller Director of Government Relations AIDS Foundation of Chicago September 2010 Political Strategy: Fun for Everyone
Disclaimer… <ul><li>NAF Southern REACH grants supports advocacy and not lobbying. </li></ul><ul><li>Our tips cover plannin...
The key elements <ul><li>Know your political environment </li></ul><ul><li>Know the timeframe </li></ul><ul><li>Plan… plan...
Know your political environment <ul><li>Who is in power? Who is REALLY in power? </li></ul><ul><li>Among lawmakers, who...
Framing controversial topics EXAMPLE: Non-prescription syringe purchase bill <ul><li>- Challenge: prejudice against drug ...
The Battle over Values EXAMPLE: failed effort to repeal principal notification law <ul><li>Challenge: Principals oppose r...
The Battle over Values EXAMPLE: failed effort to repeal principal notification law <ul><li>What did we learn? </li></ul><u...
Personality Feuds State Budget Stalled By Political Stalemate <ul><li>A bitter dispute between House Speaker and Governor...
KNOW YOUR TIMEFRAME <ul><li>You’re on their calendar, not yours </li></ul><ul><li>Know deadlines for bill introduction, co...
Appealing to the Lawmakers’ Needs EXAMPLE: ADAP funding <ul><li>IL ADAP was $5-$7 million short </li></ul><ul><li>Supporti...
Changing Times Change Political Calculus EXAMPLE: Testing expansion <ul><li>A Midwestern advocacy organization asked for ...
Plan, Plan, Plan <ul><li>Know lawmakers’ timeline </li></ul><ul><li>What elements do you need, and when do you need them? ...
Slow Economy – Fast Strategy Example: The impact of the economy <ul><li>With projections of a slow recovery, AIDS budget a...
Change at the top can change strategy Example: Nat’l HIV/AIDS Strategy <ul><li>What might happen if there's shift in power...
Other strategy elements <ul><li>Start in the House, Senate or both? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you pick a sponsor? </li></u...
Coalitions <ul><li>Who can you work with to capitalize on political dynamics? </li></ul><ul><li>Who can reach a legislato...
Where to learn more <ul><li>Newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>StateHealthFacts.org (state’s government profile) </li></ul><ul><...
Statehealthfacts.org
We’ll see you in New Orleans! <ul><li>In the meantime – send along any questions to: </li></ul><ul><li>Jim Merrell </li></...
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Political Strategy: Fun for Everyone!

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  • 1. John Peller Director of Government Relations AIDS Foundation of Chicago September 2010 Political Strategy: Fun for Everyone
  • 2. Disclaimer… <ul><li>NAF Southern REACH grants supports advocacy and not lobbying. </li></ul><ul><li>Our tips cover planning and strategy development but actual lobbying costs must be covered by other sources </li></ul>
  • 3. The key elements <ul><li>Know your political environment </li></ul><ul><li>Know the timeframe </li></ul><ul><li>Plan… plan… plan… </li></ul><ul><li>Develop your message </li></ul><ul><li>Adjust plans to changing political winds </li></ul><ul><li>Lather, rinse, repeat </li></ul>
  • 4. Know your political environment <ul><li>Who is in power? Who is REALLY in power? </li></ul><ul><li>Among lawmakers, who gets along? </li></ul><ul><li>Who doesn’t get along? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the various caucuses, and how do they relate? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the hot topics, and how can you glom on? </li></ul><ul><li>Know the timeframe. </li></ul><ul><li>Know your allies or make some… coalitions are key! </li></ul>
  • 5. Framing controversial topics EXAMPLE: Non-prescription syringe purchase bill <ul><li>- Challenge: prejudice against drug users and fear of appearing to avail drug use </li></ul><ul><li>- Senate Republican sponsor framed the issue in terms of his diabetic wife needing unfettered access to sterile syringes </li></ul><ul><li>Efforts led by a coalition of doctors, pharmacists, public health professionals, retail merchants (i.e., AIDS orgs and drug users were less prominent) </li></ul><ul><li>- Law passed in 2003 </li></ul>
  • 6. The Battle over Values EXAMPLE: failed effort to repeal principal notification law <ul><li>Challenge: Principals oppose repeal of law requiring health depts to notify schools of HIV+ students </li></ul><ul><li>Parents and public health experts testified on heightened stigma caused by the law, lack of public health evidence supporting it, and concern universal precautions might not be followed, as required </li></ul><ul><li>Despite compelling evidence, lawmakers rejected the law’s repeal </li></ul>
  • 7. The Battle over Values EXAMPLE: failed effort to repeal principal notification law <ul><li>What did we learn? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Powerful interests (in this case, principals) can sway the debate no matter the evidence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Next approach must find a way to work with principal and/or generate sufficient pressure from a constituency equally or more powerful that this block </li></ul></ul>
  • 8. Personality Feuds State Budget Stalled By Political Stalemate <ul><li>A bitter dispute between House Speaker and Governor over powers to set regulations hampered hundreds of bills including state budget </li></ul><ul><li>By Speaker’s directive, House bills carried rider mandating a joint House/Senate panel to approve regulations, a provision vehemently opposed by the Governor </li></ul><ul><li>Substantive legislation—even where otherwise there was agreement—languished as a result of this impasse </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson: even the best laid plans can be stalled by petty disputes. Senate-drafted bills had a better chance of sidestepping the feud (though not entirely) </li></ul>
  • 9. KNOW YOUR TIMEFRAME <ul><li>You’re on their calendar, not yours </li></ul><ul><li>Know deadlines for bill introduction, committee consideration, budget issues </li></ul><ul><li>If you miss a deadline, it’s likely over till next year (unless you find a creative way to get it amended to something moving) </li></ul>
  • 10. Appealing to the Lawmakers’ Needs EXAMPLE: ADAP funding <ul><li>IL ADAP was $5-$7 million short </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting ADAP aligned with one of the Governor’s key goals – appealing to those concerned about AIDS before an upcoming reelection. </li></ul><ul><li>Lessons: timing and politics matter </li></ul>
  • 11. Changing Times Change Political Calculus EXAMPLE: Testing expansion <ul><li>A Midwestern advocacy organization asked for $2 million to implement CDC routine testing recommendations/new testing law </li></ul><ul><li>Budget implementation bill designated $500K for HIV testing expansion </li></ul><ul><li>In the wake of the recession, health department subsequently spent the money on other purposes </li></ul><ul><li>Advocates did not challenge the health dept. because they realized there was no other option. </li></ul><ul><li>LESSON: Environmental changes have an impact; the need for advocacy/monitoring never end </li></ul>
  • 12. Plan, Plan, Plan <ul><li>Know lawmakers’ timeline </li></ul><ul><li>What elements do you need, and when do you need them? </li></ul><ul><li>What will the opposition say? </li></ul><ul><li>Then be prepared to change your plans, messaging, strategy to prevailing political needs </li></ul>
  • 13. Slow Economy – Fast Strategy Example: The impact of the economy <ul><li>With projections of a slow recovery, AIDS budget advocacy might need to: </li></ul><ul><li>  Focus on economic consequences of failure to curb HIV/AIDS </li></ul><ul><li>Economic impact by category, year, population, state, taxpayer </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss the impact of HIV disparities on jobs and community revitalization </li></ul><ul><ul><li>calculate the amount saved by states as a result of federal AIDS funding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>calculate the future deficit costs of not curbing HIV/AIDS </li></ul></ul>
  • 14. Change at the top can change strategy Example: Nat’l HIV/AIDS Strategy <ul><li>What might happen if there's shift in power in the November elections? How might this impact our implementation strategy? Possible directions: </li></ul><ul><li>Weaker White House may required more focus on Congress </li></ul><ul><li>More emphasis on Senate (if it remains in Democratic control) </li></ul><ul><li>Deliberate appeals to Republicans and their values (such as cost savings) </li></ul><ul><li>Greater engagement of states, particularly conservative states </li></ul><ul><li>Advocacy to garner congressional support for NHAS (resolution, legislation) </li></ul><ul><li>Need to cultivate GOP spokespeople </li></ul>
  • 15. Other strategy elements <ul><li>Start in the House, Senate or both? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you pick a sponsor? </li></ul><ul><li>What groups do you engage beforehand, and which don’t you engage? </li></ul><ul><li>What buzzwords should be in your bill or not in your bill? </li></ul>
  • 16. Coalitions <ul><li>Who can you work with to capitalize on political dynamics? </li></ul><ul><li>Who can reach a legislator that you can’t reach? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you get someone to understand that they should join your fight? </li></ul><ul><li>How can you engage clergy and FBOs? </li></ul>
  • 17. Where to learn more <ul><li>Newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>StateHealthFacts.org (state’s government profile) </li></ul><ul><li>Your legislature’s website </li></ul><ul><li>Advocacy networks </li></ul><ul><li>Lobbyists and lawmakers </li></ul><ul><li>Political insider newsletters/websites: http://www.doseofchange.org/?page_id=78 </li></ul>
  • 18. Statehealthfacts.org
  • 19. We’ll see you in New Orleans! <ul><li>In the meantime – send along any questions to: </li></ul><ul><li>Jim Merrell </li></ul><ul><li>jmerrell@aidschicago.org </li></ul><ul><li>312-784-9048 </li></ul><ul><li>doseofchange.org </li></ul>

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