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Clifton Government Relations represents, consults with and trains nonprofit organizational clients and their staff, board and volunteers.


The range of services we provide includes:

  • Advocating at the state level regarding the public policy concerns of the nonprofit client. Many of these concerns are on behalf of the organizational client while others impact the clients those organizations serve.  Advocating includes passing helpful legislation and defeating unhelpful legislation and also advocating with the executive branch.
  • Planning long and short-term public policy agendas for the organizational client to undertake, with varying degrees of hands-on help from Clifton Government Relations depending on the client’s needs.
  • Monitoring and reporting on legislative and administrative developments.
  • Training staff, board and volunteers in basic and advanced public policy advocacy on the state or local level. Topics include:
  • Consulting with nonprofit organizational clients on specific problems and questions regarding government actions and possible actions.
  • Presenting a one-time talk or a series of presentations for staff, board, volunteers and supporters. This service can be provided to groups who are not clients in a legal or lobbying sense, as well as to those organizations which are clients.
  • Lobbying for the nonprofessional lobbyist

– Tips for in-person visits to decision-makers
– Basics of Tennessee state government and the policy-making process
– Basics of Metro Nashville local government and policy-making process
– Basics of Tennessee nonprofit law relating to advocacy and electoral activity
– Law regarding electoral political activities as opposed to advocacy activities for nonprofits

If you would like to consult with us regarding our services, please contact Stewart Clifton at (615) 305-2946 or stewartclifton@comcast.net.


 About Stewart Clifton


Stewart Clifton is an attorney and registered lobbyist with a practice focused exclusively on nonprofit organizations.  He provides advocacy and/or monitoring services for several health, social welfare, equal justice and environmental groups, including;

  • Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc.
  • Center for Nonprofit Management
  • League of Women Voters of Tennessee
  • National Association of Social Workers Tennessee Chapter
  • Tennessee Alliance for Children and Families
  • Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services
  • Tennessee Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Tennessee Conservation Voters
  • YWCA of Nashville and Middle TN

Stewart received a BA in political science from Vanderbilt and is also a graduate of Vanderbilt Law School. He has been a member of the Tennessee Bar since 1977.  He has served as executive director, legal counsel and public policy director for Tennessee nonprofit groups, prior to establishing a government relations practice.

An elected member of the Metro Council, Nashville’s local legislative body, from 1987-1999, he chaired the Budget & Finance, Health, Hospitals & Social Services and the Planning & Zoning committees.

Stewart is engaged in a number of volunteer efforts. After leaving the Metro Council he served on the Historic Zoning Commission and since 2000 has served as a member of Metro’s Planning Commission, currently serving as its Vice Chair.  He serves as a Trustee of the Baptist Healing Trust, a committee member and former chair of the TN Bar Association Government Affairs Committee, member of Nashville Bar Association and Advisory Board member of TN Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition Advisory.

Stewart has participated in the public policy process as an interested citizen, a lawyer representing clients with issues being addressed by the state and local legislative and administrative bodies, a registered lobbyist for persons and nonprofit groups normally without access to the process and as an elected local legislator.  He regularly speaks and presents workshops on the policy-making process and plans and delivers substantive workshops on public issues to a variety of groups.

Stewart is married to Louise Clifton, retired librarian and technology coordinator at Glendale K-4  elementary school and other Metro Public Schools.  They have two sons, Jeff and Phillip.


Recent Posts

The Write-In Candidates for Governor

These are the three official write-in candidates. If you don’t like any of the candidates who made the ballot, but still want to vote for an official candidate you must write in one of the three that have been certified. Not voting for a qualified candidate for governor makes it more likely that all the constitutional amendments will pass.

Mark Pearson is a Democratic party activist who has been a write-in candidate for Governor since 8.20.14. The date of his candidacy and his earlier support for John McKamey make it pretty clear he is in the race as a reaction to the Charlie Brown primary victory. He is 59 and lives in Rutherford county. He posts occasionally and his twitter name is www.twitter.com/filthyliberal. He has few Twitter followers and few friends on Facebook. Not much on the web about him.

Belinda Jo Ivins states that she is a political independent. She is 51 and lives in Manchester. She makes a point of noting that “a vote for me counts as a vote for governor,” which is likely meant to remind folks who want to defeat one or more of the constitutional amendments that voting for her is one way to help defeat amendments. (To pass, an amendment must receive 50% plus 1 of the total votes cast for Governor.) She has been a candidate since before the Charlie Brown selection as Democratic nominee, so she did not get in the race solely for that reason. Here is what she says on her website about herself.

“About Me: I am a teacher at Coalmont Elementary School.  I have a Bachelor’s Degree from Trevecca University, a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Middle Tennessee State University, and an Education Specialist Degree from Tennessee Tech.  I have been teaching for ten years.  I am married with two children. I am certified to teach special education modified grades K-12.  I also have a principal’s license!  I am highly qualified to teach Language Arts grades K-8.”


Darryl Haas  is 62 and lives in Brownsville TN. He announced his candidacy on Facebook on 6.3.14. His message is that he is awake and that he believes in God, country, the Constitution, Bill of Rights, traditional family values , pursuit of happiness and freedoms of the individual.

Here is his view on education:

In order for our Schools to start serving “Our” kids and their needs properly, we need to get the “Government” OUT of our Educational System, 100%. Their Indoctrination and Financial assistance tactics are designed to serve their “Corporate Interests” with “Social Engineering”, and not for the “Needs” of the Students themselves.
Decisions for the Tennessee Educational System should be left to the People and State of Tennessee, not the Federal Government.
Getting the “Control ” back at the “Local Level” will get “Local/Individual Needs” the chance to be “Properly Addressed ”.
Tennessee is quite capable of taking care of its own citizens, without the Government.
Facebook: A Darryl Haas