Dear Congressperson _________:
I am writing to bring to your attention a matter of great importance to me as a voter and as a resident of your district.
(insert a short description here of your concern, whether it is Global Warming, the Draft, the Iraq War, Corporate Sleaze, or any other matter you want them to move to the top of their agenda. Keep it brief and keep it to just one topic per email, phone call, and letter. If you want to write about the war AND Global Warming, send two different emails/letters/phone calls. You letters have a much better reception this way.)
Thank you for your consideration. If you would like to respond to these concerns, here is my
Very truly yours,
Here are some hints:
Before you call, write out your statement. Usually your call will be taken by an aide who will make a note of which side you fall on. Make it brief and to the point. Keep in mind that a phone call from you on a particular issue carries more weight than an email and you should call once a month.
Emails or letters are the next best thing. This is a great way to keep your issues fresh in the pile your representative must deal with. Once a week will allow you to thoroughly cover an issue of the week.
Petitions are the least respected of the communications sent to politicians. Everyone and their dog sends them thousands.
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