Haywood native ranked among most influential lobbyists

Sep 03, 2014
Chris McClure

Chris McClure, a government relations and policy advisor in the Raleigh office of Brooks Pierce and a Haywood County native, was recently ranked in the top 4 percent of the Most Influential Lobbyists registered in the North Carolina General Assembly’s 2013 legislative session. The state has 742 registered lobbyists.

The N.C. Center for Public Policy Research (NCCPPR) issued the rankings, which were determined by a survey of legislators, fellow lobbyists and state capital news respondents. The NCCPPR is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to the goals of a better-informed public and a more effective, accountable and responsive state government.

McClure was recognized for his representation of a variety of clients, including United Health Care, Cisco Systems Inc., North Carolina Technology Association, North Carolina Press Association, Recycling Association of North Carolina, Tesla Motors Inc., and Village of Bald Head Island.

“Chris McClure is a knowledgeable and effective advocate. He understands how to provide useful information to state leaders and they value his judgment and counsel,” said Ed Turlington, a partner with Brooks Pierce and the head of the firm’s government affairs group.

An experienced communications, lobbying and campaign professional, McClure represents organizations in the communications, manufacturing and medical sectors before the N.C. General Assembly. He has held numerous leadership positions in campaigns and politics, and has served as the Executive Director of the North Carolina Republican Party and Communications and Government Affairs Coordinator for the N.C. Technology Association.

Comments (4)
Posted by: Scott Lilly | Sep 03, 2014 18:33

I would love to read a candid interview from our elected House and Senate members that describe what role/influence lobbyists have in their duties.  And if judges and Sheriffs are also subject to lobbyists, I'd like to see them interviewed as well.

Posted by: Joe Vescovi | Sep 04, 2014 08:31

Good idea.  I dare say you will not find a single politician who will say a lobbyist has any influence on their decisions.  Aren't they welcomed only to give knowledge and facts?  Would any politician admit they help write and try to influence the outcome of any legislation?

Posted by: Scott Lilly | Sep 04, 2014 09:00

We must turn that rock over.  "Influential Lobbyist" means what exactly?  Anyone who has been elected and sits in "the chair" for the first time knows they can't be expected to know all things about all issues.  Where is the shame disclosing that a public official is getting counseling from a list of people/organizations on the matter?  I say there is no shame in that.


A politician who only receives advice from a single source/lobbyist should be considered differently than one who will consider multiple sources.  And a politician who entertains the advice of no lobbyists could be acting ignorantly.  (Meaning without all the knowledge, experience, and perspectives required to make informed decisions.)


People sometimes frown on lobbyists.  I say the more, the better.  And I hope politicians of all persuasions consider all points of view.  Someone ought to ask a politician on the record.  Start the discussion.

Posted by: Charles Zimmerman | Sep 04, 2014 09:36

                       I am my own "lobbyist".



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