Do We Have People Who Lobby Congress For ARRL?

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  1. K4DL

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    I recall reading somewhere that the ARRL could not lobby Congress. Is that true and if it is why do we not have a separate lobby organization? All of the entities that want our frequencies have paid lobby on the job in DC.
  2. KS2G

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    No, it's not.

    Regulatory & Advocacy
    Amateur Radio is subject to regulation at the international and national levels with regard to telecommunications and at the state and local levels with respect to land use regulations. ARRL advocates on behalf of Amateur Radio at all of these levels.

  3. K4DL

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    Advocacy is not the same as lobbying. The IRS put's it this way. "In general, no organization may qualify for section 501(c)(3) status if a substantial part of its activities is attempting to influence legislation (commonly known as lobbying). A 501(c)(3) organization may engage in some lobbying, but too much lobbying activity risks loss of tax-exempt status." So, do we have a lobbyist in DC or not is really the question?
  4. NN4RH

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    501c3 orgainzations, which the ARRL is, are allowed to so a certain amount of lobbying, provided it is not "substantial". "Substantial" is measured in terms of dollar cost spent on lobbying versus costs of the non-profit purpose of the organzation. In the case of the ARRL, it amounts to a few hundred thousand dollars, max. You really can't do much serious lobbying with that kind of pocket change. The ARRL does have a lobbyist under contract specifically for the HOA antenna issue but nothing else at this time that I am aware of.

    In other words, lobbying is expensive, and most of the time it'd be a dead-end, and the ARRL cannot afford it generally anyway. As a membership organization, ARRL can always call on it's "grass roots" membership to reach out to their reps and senators if they felt that would be effective.

    And they'd easily outspend us anyway. Anything dealing with spectrum matters will end up at the FCC. ARRL responds to FCC petitions that affect amateur radio. That is not lobbying.
  5. AI5DH

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    Not true at all, ARRL has an office down in the basement janitors closet.
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  6. N1FM

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    2018 Salaries and Benefits --- $7,138,488.00

    2018 Legal Services: BOOTH, FRERET, & IMLAY --- $157,489.00

    2018 Consulting/Lobbying: MCCARTHY ADVANCED CONSULTING --- $120,322.00

    Total Booth, Freret, Imlay services plus McCarthy services: Legal & Lobbying
    (Less regular staff hours & volunteer hours) --- $277,811.00 ARRL/IRS Form 990/2018 Form 990.pdf

    The ARRL took a leading role by lobbying Congress for RFI legislation. Early attempts were unsuccessful; many bills were introduced, but they all died.

    May 27, 2014 ... ... Working with Homeowners' Association and Private Developments about CC&R Antenna Restrictions; Lobbying, and Emergency Services.

    Long history of lobbying, since Hiram was a pup...

    "All members are encouraged to go ahead and write their own letters to be sent via ARRL Headquarters," President Craigie said. "They don't have to wait for a hamfest or convention. Get the letters done now, before the holidays take over everyone's time and attention. Members' letters are absolutely essential to the success of this legislation. Everything you can do to drum up letters from your local area is an important part of the overall advocacy program. As I've said before, this is a full-team effort, and every member's action makes a difference."

    ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, said the League has delivered another 3000 member letters urging lawmakers to support the bills to its team in Washington, bringing the total to nearly 14,000. "We have delivered letters to all 100 members of the Senate and 430 of the 441 members and non-voting delegates in the House," Henderson said. And those letters matter.

    "Our DC team walked into a congresswoman's office a couple of weeks ago with our strong arguments and 30 letters from constituents," he said "She signed on to the bill last week. They do care about what their constituents say is important to them."
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