4. Grassroots Lobbying. The government regulates the activity of delivering signed petitions and asking grassroots to call or email their own legislator as “grassroots lobbying.” We at COS deliver your signed petitions to state legislators, and we urge citizens to contact their state legislators, so we are constantly engaged in “grassroots lobbying.” Additionally, when our legal or executive teams appear at state legislative committee hearings as expert witnesses on the topic of Conversation of States, we are required to register as lobbyists in order to enter those state legislatures. This is something we find distasteful to do, since “lobbyists” are often part of the problem with what ails this nation. (And our parents didn’t raise us to be “lobbyists.) However, since we follow the rule of law, we have to register. The good news is, we lobby to return power to the people, as in We the People. We want the government to be accountable to and work on behalf of regular people. Because it’s best when decisions are made at home, we want decisions to be made by regular citizens or by entities closest to regular citizens… definitely not by bureaucrats in faraway Washington, D.C.

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About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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