When I started CATECOMM in 2010, I was shocked with private and non-profit sector advocacy efforts — they spent so much time and money on things that made absolutely no difference with state lawmakers.
To this day, everywhere I look there are coalitions with no people, form email-only advocacy campaigns, rudderless TV spending, and don’t even get me started on social media or “grasstops” campaigns.
My clients know the difference, but I can’t consult for everyone and there are plenty of worthwhile causes out there that deserve to know how to actually move the needle in Tallahassee and state chambers across the country. So in 2013, I started anonymously surveying Florida Legislative Aides. I ask them questions about advocacy, and even give them a chance to give you their advice unfiltered.
Here are the results from our 2018 Florida Legislative Aide Survey. If you’re looking for more insight into these results, just send me an email. Otherwise, happy 2019 legislative session!
— Kevin Cate
Following the 2018 Florida Legislative Session, 61 state legislative aides responded to our anonymous survey. 54% self-identified as working in the Florida Senate, 46 in the Florida House. 62% self-identified as Republicans, 38% as Democrats.