Strategy for calling your representatives
November 12, 2016 12:41 AM Subscribe
Emily Ellsworth once spent six years working as a staffer for Congress, and she tweeted about the ways to contact them that she observed were most effective for making a difference. She collected her tweets on Storify, here.
- Tweeting and Facebook are ineffective.
- Both emails and letters to Washington DC offices are less effective than letters to state offices.
- Most effective were personal phone calls. These can be really powerful, especially in bulk, as she discovered when a local radio host broadcast their number.
- Emails were so overwhelming that they used automated software to sort through and categorize them.
- To talk to a representative in person, the easiest way is to show up at Town Hall meetings, which are usually under attended, and mostly the same people show up every time.
- Be nice to staffers. If you work for an advocacy group, maybe invite staffers to events. Staffers are both the easiest to contact the ones who run the representative's "ground game."
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