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Advocacy and Lobbying

Political Lobbying: The Art of Influence

In U.S. politics, every interest group has a voice and all of them have lobbyists. The measure of successful lobbyists lies in their ability to inject themselves fundamentally into as many decisions made by politicians as possible to best serve the interests of the groups they represent. Stevenson University Online's professional development non-credit courses in Advocacy and Lobbying will show you how to organize a lobbying campaign, how to “make the ask” with legislators and their staff, how to build coalitions and grassroots operations, how to raise and contribute money to campaigns. All this and much more.  

Due to the emphasis on practical application, you'll be able to immediately implement these courses and effectuate change in government through political lobbying and advocacy. Whether you're a recent graduate or seasoned professional, these professional development training courses will help you develop  tools necessary to advance policy and political issues through lobbying and advocacy. Stevenson’s online non-credit learning courses in Advocacy and Lobbying will benefit professionals interested in or currently working for government agencies, political campaigns, non-profit organizations, or private industries.

The non-credit professional development courses in Advocacy and Lobbying are led by Steven E. Billet, PhD. Dr. Billet has an unparalleled record of success with nearly 40 years in the legislative and policy arena as an academic leader and an advocacy practitioner. Throughout his career, Dr. Billet has served in several roles that include AT&T Director of Government Affairs for Maryland and Delaware; Director of George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) Legislative Affairs program; and the Director and Creator of the GSPM Certificate in PAC Management program, teaching courses on Legislative Politics, International Advocacy, PAC Management, Interest Group Politics, and Lobbying in the European Union. He is the author of The Lobbyists: A Legacy of Corruption and their Betrayal of Democracy, published 2021, and The Foundations of Global Advocacy, anticipated completion 2022. 

  • Course Offerings

    These non-credit learning classes are offered online in 4-week sessions. You may take any of our Advocacy and Lobbying professional development classes as individual, stand-alone courses or bundle courses as part of our Advocacy and Lobbying Module. Enroll in the following courses to complete the module:

    • Lobbying: Essential History and Evolution 
      This course acquaints students with the pertinent history and current standing of lobbyists within the realm of American politics. Students will gain a fundamental understanding of the ever-changing contours of the profession. Topics explored will include the origins of the practice and its rise to prominence, controversy surrounding the customs of the profession, and the skills needed to succeed in the profession. Course runs from Mon., Oct. 3 - Fri., Oct. 28.

      Faculty: Steven Billet, PhD
      Tuition: $395 (Originally $465, enjoy 15% savings in celebration of our inaugural year of professional development courses)

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    • Lobbying: Rules, Regulations and Ethics
      This course delves into the laws, regulations, and ethical guidelines surrounding the practice of lobbying. Students will gain a working knowledge of the legal confines and ethical contours of the profession and develop an appreciation for the evolution of this body of laws. The course provides students with an understanding of the various federally mandated reporting requirements concerning conflicts of interest and lobbyists’ compensation; the array of rules and ethical guidelines delimiting lobbyists’ relations with elected officials and their staff; the relevant loopholes, limitations, and lapses within U.S. lobbying law; the conventions of effective advocacy; and the general regulatory skills and abilities essential to effectuating desirable change.  Course runs from Mon., Nov. 7 - Fri., Dec. 2.

      Faculty: Steven Billet, PhD
      Tuition: $395 (Originally $465, enjoy 15% savings in celebration of our inaugural year of professional development courses)

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    • Lobbying: Strategic Lobbying and Lobbying Plans 
      This short course provides an overview of the strategies and techniques employed by successful lobbyists. Students will gain a thorough understanding and appreciation of the goals and objectives of an advocacy organization. Upon completion, students will learn how to develop and implement an effective lobbying plan. This course will give an in-depth look at the multiple stages that define vital and tactical elements of the plan.  Coming Spring 2023.

      Faculty: Steven Billet, PhD
      Tuition: $395 (Originally $465, enjoy 15% savings in celebration of our inaugural year of professional development courses)

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    • Political Advocacy: Money, Influence and Electoral Imperative 
      This course propels students into the world of campaign contributions. Students will explore the motivations of political candidates and consider the perception that larger campaign treasuries translate into victory on Election Day. With billions of dollars expended in the name of political campaigns each year, campaign contributions are an inevitable dimension of effective advocacy in America. Students will examine the various sources of campaign contributions, including individuals, political action committees (PACs), Super-PACs, and Dark Money operations. Money, Influence, and the Electoral Imperative navigates students through the delicate process of obliging the expectations of donors yet holding true to the organization’s electoral imperatives for the candidate’s incumbency, all while being in the pursuit of a better tomorrow.  Coming Spring 2023.

      Faculty: Steven Billet, PhD
      Tuition: $395 (Originally $465, enjoy 15% savings in celebration of our inaugural year of professional development courses)

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Meet Our Team

Michael D. Cohen, PhD
Michael D. Cohen, PhD
Dr. Cohen is CEO of Cohen Research Group, a leading political, public affairs, and corporate research firm. He has worked in political campaigning for 25 years and as a professor for 10 years. 
Steven E. Billet, PhD
Steven E. Billet, PhD
Dr. Billet has an unparalleled record of success with nearly 40 years in the legislative and policy arena as an academic leader and an advocacy practitioner. 
  

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