The Michigan Chamber of Commerce has once again been ranked the top lobbying organization in Lansing by Michigan Information & Research Service (MIRS). This independent survey of lawmakers, executive branch officials, lobbyists and association executives has consistently ranked the Michigan Chamber as the most influential organization in the State Capitol. The Michigan Chamber has been ranked as the top single-issue or association lobbying organization in every MIRS survey conducted to date (in 2004, 2007 and 2009).
In a report issued May 31, 2011, MIRS wrote: "When it comes to a powerhouse single-issue lobbying organization, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce continues its domination of all others. Some 36 percent of respondents pegged the Chamber as the single-issue lobbying top dog."
"Our single focus in on Michigan's job providers, so it is nice to receive this recognition from lawmakers and others involved with the process," Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley told MIRS. "I'm blessed to work with some extraordinary people."
"The aggressive team approach that we adhere to at the Chamber allows us to make a big difference on big issues that impact our members," said Jim Holcomb, Senior Vice President of Business Advocacy & Associate General Counsel for the Chamber. "The Michigan Chamber's lobbying team is on the job every day, standing up for job providers and their employees before the administration, legislature and regulatory agencies."
The Michigan Chamber has also ranked as the top single-issue lobbying organization in every Inside Michigan Politics survey conducted to date (in 1987, 1993, 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010), outworking every other trade association, union and special interest group with a presence in Lansing. In the last three IMP surveys, the Chamber has even outperformed large, multi-client firms to be named the No. 1 overall lobbying organization.