A Dozen Effective Tips for Lobbying
make an appointment to visit your legislator.
yourself and/or the organization you represent, always mentioning the
number of members or constituents in the organization.
- Make sure
you inform the legislator that you are a registered voter in his/her
district.† (However, Committee
Chairs represent your special interests, therefore you do not have to live
in their districts.)
lobbying with a group, one or two persons should speak on behalf of the
prepare and present two or three points.†
Leave supporting documents with the legislator.
your point across in the fewest possible words.† Do not use jargon or rhetoric make it a conversation or
- Give the
legislator a chance to express his/her point of view and be a good
be afraid to admit ignorance on special points.† This will give you an opportunity to find the answer and
contact the legislator again.
- Do not
argue, name call, or threaten.†
Leave that to the opposition.
special recognition to the legislators who are known to be on your side,
and ask them for advice and help in reaching other legislators.
if you are turned down, leave on a friendly note, with a firm handshake.
- Send a
letter immediately, thanking the legislator for his/her time and enclose
information on your affiliate or the issues you discussed.