Bradford Fitch talked about his book Citizen’s Handbook to Influencing Elected Officials. Despite conventional wisdom about the power lobbyists have in Washington DC, 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 and more importantly how to inform members about the impact of their decisions and how to deal with a Congressperson’s support staff. He also responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.
Citizen’s Handbook to Influencing Elected Officials, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, November 26, 2010
From a reader:
If you don’t like “special interests” in Congress, the solution is MORE citizen involvement, not less. A cynic might be forgiven for thinking many of those folks saying constituents communicating with their elected representatives doesn’t change anything are themselves on the payrolls of special interests, deliberately encouraging constituent apathy and passivity.
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