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80-Proof Politics

On any given day in Washington, DC, policy proposals are created, debated, and decimated by tens of thousands of people and organizations working behind the scenes. Each week one of these advocates and I will visit a DC watering hole and distill the art of advocacy by pulling back the curtain a bit and taking a look at how they play their part in this sausage factory we call our federal government. So, if you’re at all interested in how the sausage is made, pull up a chair, grab a drink, and join us for the next 30 minutes or so. After all, what goes better with sausage than a tall cold one?

Recent Episodes

Exploring the role of PACs with Micaela Isler, Executive Director of NABPAC

Jan. 26, 2023

The Executive Director of the National Association of Business Political Action Committees, Micaela Isler, breaks down what PACs are, how they represent the voices of hundreds - even thousands - of like-minded individuals in…

Episode 8 Preview

Jan. 19, 2023

Next week, 80-Proof Politics returns to its regular schedule with a fascinating conversation with Micaela Isler, Executive Director of the National Association of Business PACs. Here's a sneak peek into that episode. Thanks…

Ep. 3.7 - Bringing Congress into the 21st Century with Jen Daulby, Chief of Staff for Indigov

Jan. 12, 2023

Indigov Chief of Staff - and former House Admin Chief - Jen Daulby on making Congress work better and how you prepare the Capitol for an Inauguration 14 days after an insurrecrtion.

Behind the Curtain - Now What?

Jan. 5, 2023

How will official Washington respond to the collapsed house of cards that once was FTX and SBF? What happens to the millions he and his colleagues contributed to political campaigns? Will crypto ever be sexy again inside the…

Behind the Curtain - The Playbook

Dec. 29, 2022

It's not that FTX and Bankman-Fried created an entirely new approach to federal advocacy. They literally used every page in the playbook while spending over $200M inside the Beltway. What they did was run a massively acceler…

Behind the Curtain - Players Need a Goal

Dec. 22, 2022

Imagine if you will that you decide to spend $200 In Washington to become a "player." You'd expect some sort of favorable outcome, wouldn't you? Bankman-Fried and FTX sure did. Episode 2 of 80-Proof Politics Behind the Cu…

About the Host

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Bill Shute

Creator / Host

Bill Shute is an executive management professional and government relations expert who has spent his professional career working in the federal policy arena and his entire personal life in federal politics.

In addition to creating and hosting 80-Proof Politics, Bill is the Executive Director of the LBJ School of Public Affairs Washington Center, a professor teaching public affairs to masters students, and COO of the high-tech startup, Dome Compass, Inc.

Previously, Bill was vice chancellor for federal relations with The University of Texas System from September 2001 to May 2019 where he was responsible for all UT System and campus activities in Washington, DC and managed a staff of 14 System employees. Under his supervision, the Office of Federal Relations was charged with facilitating and enhancing the federal research and development portfolio of the UT System, reviewing and advocating federal policy, and overseeing a multicampus undergraduate and graduate fellowship program.

Prior to that, Bill was Executive Director of Federal Relations at the Fortune-50 company, SBC Communications, Inc for 11 years and served as a legislative assistant to a Member of Congress upon passing the Bar in Texas.

He also provides strategic consultation to entities wishing to enter the Washington, DC environment or enhance their participation within the federal policy ecosystem.