LobbyLinx “started” as a casual conversation between Chris Tosto, a long-time Government Relations Professional and Curtis Barry, a long-time state lobbyist, about how people hire lobbyists. They realized that despite advances in technology, readiness of information and a changing landscape, most people still hired lobbyists the same way they did 20 years ago.
Simply put, people could use the internet to search for the right house painter, plumber or a new job, yet when it comes to finding the right lobbyist to advocate for their organization – something that can ultimately determine their success – they would find no real value.
Nothing can replace personal recommendations, but how do Government Relations Professionals verify recommendations, check conflicts and research their options? And what about those players new to the “GR” game such as start-ups, emerging technologies, disruptive innovators and social change groups? Without anyone to call for guidance, where do they go to find a lobbyist in a state capital?
The answer is LobbyLinx. The first of its kind, 50-state lobbyist search engine that enables Government Relations Professionals and other users to initiate their search to find the right advocate for their needs.
It’s simple to use and FREE to search. There are no membership fee, no finder fees and no hidden agenda
Chris Tosto, President and Principal
Chris has spent over 20 years in Government Relations. Prior to LobbyLinx he worked for nearly 16 years for a leading GR Firm specializing in state legislative tracking and lobbying referrals. Chris was also a registered Federal Lobbyist for 5 years. Chris is a native New Englander and currently calls New Hampshire home. When he is not cheering on the Red Sox you will find him on the beach or in a bowling alley with his young daughter.
Curtis J. Barry, Principal
Curtis has over a quarter century experience in New Hampshire state government, starting his career, like many in New Hampshire, with time spent on a presidential campaign in the “First-in-the-Nation” Primary. His experience includes time on staff of each the Senate and House, and is currently a partner in The Dupont Group, a government relations firm founded in 1993. He lives in Concord with his wife and three teenage children.
Rich Goldman, VP of Technology and Principal
Rich is the founder of LegIT Systems, which builds professional tools for professional advocates. He earned his PhD in Information Systems researching technology for improving legislative workflows. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and 2.5 and 1 year old sons.