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Old 07-30-2012, 05:21 PM   #1
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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.

I didn't fight to defend your freedom so you could vote to take away mine.

"A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
John Stuart Mill."
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Old 07-31-2012, 12:38 AM   #2
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Snail mail is very powerful tool!
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