Materials & Resources Recommended for Purchase


Below are items recommended for purchase with, where needed, a short explanation of their content and value for aiding your advocacy efforts.

Dealing Effectively with Alaska State Government: Lobbying the Legislature, the Governor’s Office and State Agencies, by Clive S. Thomas (Anchorage: University of Alaska Anchorage Corporate Programs, 2010). Available from APAS at $19.95.

A comprehensive treatment of all aspects of lobbying Alaska government. An excellent introduction for those new at the advocacy business; the book also offers alternative perspectives for seasoned lobbyists and lobbying operations. Covers everything from organizing and implementing a campaign, to hiring a lobbyist, lobbying from outside of Juneau, as well as explaining the power structure in Juneau and in state government in general.

Alaska Politics and Public Policy: The Dynamics of Beliefs, Institutions, Personalities and Power, Edited by Clive S. Thomas with Laura C. Savatgy, Anthony T. Nakazawa and Kristina Klimovich, (Fairbanks, University of Alaska Press, 2014). Available from the University of Alaska Press (phone: 907-474-5345; fax: 907-474-5502).

A comprehensive treatment of all aspects of Alaska politics and public policy from a very readable and practical perspective.

Bradners’ Alaska Legislative Digest, published by Mike and Tim Bradner, weekly during the legislative session and several times during the legislative interim. Subscription rate: $475.00. For more information, please contact Alaska Legislative Digest (email:

Provides a good encapsulation of major development in the legislative session and also some special issues on subjects, such as education funding and reapportionment, plus economic reports on aspects of Alaska’s economy. Download a sample of the Bradners’ Alaska Legislative Digest here [pdf, 605kb].

The Alaska Budget ReportSubscription rate: $2,400 per year. Available from Alaska Budget Report phone; 907-723-7608; email:

Published by Frank Ameduri, it covers the Alaska budget and other aspects of politics in Juneau during the legislative session.  More extensive than the Alaska Legislative Digest, but subscriptions are much higher. Download a sample of the Report here [pdf, 4.2mb].


The following practical guides can be obtained from Amazon or other outlets:

Lobbying and Advocacy, by Deanna R. Gelak (Alexandria, VA: TheCapitol.Net, 2008).

The Lobby Strategy Handbook: 10 Steps to Advancing Any Cause Effectively, by Pat Libby and Associates, (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2011).

Guide to State Legislative Lobbying, Revised Edition, by Robert L. Guyer, (Gainesville, FL: Engineering The Law, 2003).

The Lobbying and Advocacy Handbook for Nonprofit Organizations: Shaping Public Policy at the State and Local Level, by Marcia Avner (St. Paul, Minn: Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, 2002).

Hardball Lobbying for Nonprofits: Real Advocacy for Nonprofits in the New Century, by Barry Hessenlus (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).

Lobbying for Social Change, Third Edition, by Willard C. Richan (New York: Routledge, 2006).

Public Affairs in Practice: A Practical Guide to Lobbying, by Stuart Thomson and Steve John (London and Philadelphia: Kogan Page, 2007).

Corporate Public Affairs: Interacting with Interest Groups, Media and Government, by Otto Lerbinger (Philadelphia: Lawrence Eribaum Associates, 2005).

The Influence Game: 50 Insider Tactics from the Washington, D.C. Lobbying World That Will Get You to Yes, by Stephanie Vance (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley, 2012).

How Washington Really Works for Dummies, Edited by Gregg Rushford (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley Publishers, 2012).

The Citizen’s Guide to Lobbying Congress, by Donald E. deKieffer (Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2007).

The Art of Lobbying: Selling Policy on Capitol Hill, by Bertram Levine, (Washington, D.C.: C.Q. Press, 2008).