2 Carrots and 1 Stick That Routinely Keep You in a Congressional Staffer’s Head

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Members of Congress receive millions of letters and emails each year, mostly about policy issues or position statements on behalf of groups and individuals.

An effective advocacy organization will correspond with congressional members and staff on a routine basis about legislation affecting their issue areas, but also will remain in steady contact, regardless of whether an immediate issue exists.

Advocacy organizations should maintain a routine protocol for simply placing their name, organizational mission and staff contact information in front of congressional staff.

Of course, some of the emails may be deleted and letters thrown out without examination, but advocacy organizations can creatively make a non-policy letter into an informational brief on their organization.

These letters can open doors and lead to cooperation that affects policy-making in the…

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