How to Lobby

 

  • Always be courteous and polite.
  • Let them know from the start why you are contacting them.
  • Tell them what the problem is, and what you would like them to do about it.
  • Make your point concisely. Their schedule is at least as busy as yours.
  • Help educate them about your issue. They have to make decisions on hundreds of issues each legislative session and they need credible information from you to help them with their decisions. If you give them valid information, they will continue to use you as a resource in the future.
  • Acknowledge their professional and personal background and discuss common interests.
  • Let them know if you are a constituent of theirs. Elected officials are often more open to suggestions from a voter from their legislative district.
  • Let them know if other constituents in their legislative district share your position, but do not exaggerate support for your position.
  • Let them know if other government leaders and key interest groups share your position.
  • Offer to arrange and conduct a tour of your facility. They will see first hand the issues you face on a daily basis.
  • NEVER mix your issue with campaign financing. Political contributions do NOT "buy" political support. It is unprofessional, unethical and can be a criminal offense.
  • When asked a question, answer it briefly, but answer it. Then restate your position.
  • Thank them for any work they have done on your behalf.

Guide to Effective Lobbying