Several years ago, I atended an 8 hour seminar on effective lobbying techniques. It was moderated by the Speaker of the House of our state legislature. A master politician, indeed!
He made a few very good points about contacting representatives, fron city council critters, to U. S. Senators
1. Don't E-mail, or call on the telephone. They get a million of these per day
2. Write a letter (type, double spaced, don't use cursive)
3. send U.S. Mail
4 One page, double spaced.
5. One topic only. (If you have another topic to discuss, write another letter several days later)
6 Be polite and courteous, no matter how pissed off you are. Remember, you're trying to persuade him to accept your veiwpoint.
7 Be formal. Address him as "representative" or "senator," etc. Mr. or Mrs is acceptabe as well, but don't use his first name, or call him names.
8 Adress the letter to "The Honorable Joe Schmuck" etc
According to the Speaker, one letter carries the same weight as 50 E-mails.