Citizen's Handbook to Influencing Elected Officials
by Bradford Fitch
published by TheCapitol.Net, Inc.
© 2010 by TheCapitol.Net, Inc
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Mr. Fitch believes that a well-informed constituency can be a driving force in swaying elected officials. The book offers advice on how to approach members of Congress, the value of being informed, ways to inform members about the effects of their decisions, and dealing with congressional support staff.
"Citizen's Handbook" is one part research studies, one part interviews and focus groups, and one part experience. It uses available research on Congress and its decision making. Dozens of elected officials, including members of Congress, and their staff agreed to off-the-record interviews and discussed the factors that contribute to their decision-making process.
Strategies for Influencing Legislators Face-to-Face
Best Practices for Communicating with Congress and State Legislatures
Practical Guidance How to Prepare for and Meet with Elected Officials
How to Write Effective Letters and Email to Members of Congress
How to Write Persuasive Letters to the Editor that Get Published
Summary Table of Contents
Part I. How Government Really Works
Part II. How to Influence a Legislator
The book includes several success tips checklists, including ten points to manage a face-to-face meeting, seven hints to get written communications noticed, and six things staffers look for in a phone call. A matrix chart of how legislators rank different issues is one of eight useful appendices.
Bradford Fitch discuss the book on C-Span Video, November 26, 2010.
He also responds to telephone calls and electronic communications.
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