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Lobbying Resources
To help change policies affecting millions of people.


Whatever issue you choose, working with a lobbying group you can:

  • Learn effective techniques

  • Stay informed of pending legislation

  • Coordinate your efforts with others for greater impact

  • Enjoy meeting others who share your interests and concerns

Reach the White House
The Honorable Barack H. Obama
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC  20500
Phone: 1-202-456-1111
Fax: 1-202-456-1414
E-mail: president@whitehouse.gov   (President Barak H. Obama)
Website: www.whitehouse.gov/
     "Provides access to all the government information and services available on the Internet, using information technology to make government more accessible and responsive to the public."
     Also has a children's site, making it possible to get children interested in politics. Entertaining and informative. Offers direct e-mail access to the President and the First Lady. I feel this is the best website for finding information on the entire government. -LEM
     Provides information on any and every topic concerning American citizens today. Goes in depth on current issues in the news and includes daily updates on recent statements released from the White House. -LOL

Send a Letter to a USA Senator
The Honorable _________
United States Senate
Washington, DC  20510
Phone: 1-202-225-6827
Website: www.senate.gov/  
     "Makes finding and contacting your Senators quick and easy."
     Provides information on the purpose and duties of the Senate and lists names of senators serving in each committee. Access to individual senators could be made a little easier.
      A great website for information about the Senate. Includes the Senate's daily agenda. Very easy to read and understand. -LEM
      Website contains different aspects of the US Senate, including historical aspects of the senatorial position and stands on recent issues. -LOL

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Write your Congressperson
The Honorable _________
USA House of Representatives
Washington, DC  20515
Phone: 1-202-224-3121 or 1-202-225-1904, TDD/TTY
Website: www.house.gov
"Features the current weekly schedule for the House with updates of daily events on the House floor as they happen."
     Very accessible and easy to find congresspeople. Provides detailed information on proposed bills, such as social security and civil rights. Could be made a little more lively and colorful.
     A highly recommended site for finding Representatives' contact information and information about the House's operations. -LEM
     Gives easy access to any recent bill or law passed and links to many other committees, organizations, and information sources. -LOL

Additional resources

Citizen Lobbying Kit
450 Maple Avenue East
Vienna, VA 22180
     "Let your elected representatives know how you want them to vote on important issues, as well as ways to spread the message to other citizens so that they may take action too."
     Provides direct e-mail access to the President, Vice President, First Lady, and Mrs. Cheney. Also has a complete listing of e-mail addresses of all U.S. Senators and Congressmen. Purchase publications and read a how-to-lobby guide. -LEM
Includes sections on conservative events and TV shows, historical documents, and information on a wide selection of issues. -MKK
     Resources on how to get involved as a conservative activist and the when and where for upcoming events. -LOL

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Contact the US Congress
2751 Prosperity Avenue
Suite 600
Fairfax, VA 22031
1-703-289-4670 ext.140 or 1-800-659-8708
Fax: 1-703-289-4678
"Connects citizens to their elected officials simply, quickly, effectively - and affordably. Enables website visitors to educate themselves on your issues; identify their elected representatives at the federal, state and local levels; and communicate their views to lawmakers via targeted e-mail, letter, fax or hand-delivered letter."
     Lists the addresses of U.S. elected officials and provides information on recent events in Congress and a registration form for voting. Post your letter to an elected official on a message board for the purpose of encouraging others to join in your efforts. -LEM
     Offers many interesting articles that make you think about the workings of the government. Also includes listings of elected officials, Supreme Court Justices, and candidates for upcoming elections. -MKK
     Terrific website that advocates getting involved with the government through writing letters and having them displayed on the site. Another compelling area on the site is the "Soapbox", which allows politically-interested people to read, share, and oppose views. -LOL

Contacting Congress
"A database of biographical information, phone numbers, fax numbers, office addresses, electronic mail addresses and Internet homepages for members of the Congress and congressional committees."
     A highly recommended website. Includes tips for effective writing and links to other government sites. Provides answers to frequently asked questions about lobbying. Info is easy to access. -LEM
     Serves as a highly useful reference for information such as elected officials, types of congressional committees, and links to other government resources. -MKK

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E-mail Your Governor
The PoliticsOL.com Network
8391 Beverly Blvd., #359
Los Angeles, CA 9048
"Your online guide to American politics and the media."
     Read the most recent news headlines and political humor about several issues, including the Bush administration and terrorist attacks. Receive free lobbying help. Look up media contacts and addresses of governors, as well as federal, state, and local elected officials. Also, take advantage of free offers and follow legislation and elections. -LEM
     Features contact listings for each state's governor, many corresponding links, and a Top State News bar. -LOL

FCIC's National Contact Center
     "Responds to public inquiries via a nationwide toll-free number. Answers nearly 8,000 general information requests every day, either by providing the information directly or locating the source of assistance for the caller."
     Provides the contact information of government officials, including the Bush administration, senators, and congressmen. Includes tips on writing and calling these officials. Also find addresses of military personnel, contact federal agencies, and read about consumer topics. -LEM
     Features easy access links and answers to questions about federal programs, benefits, and services. -LOL

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Office of FirstGov c/o GSA
1800 F St.
Washington, DC 20405
"Powerful search engine and ever-growing collection of topical and customer-focused links connect you to millions of web pages - from the federal government, local and tribal governments and to foreign nations around the world."
     Provides direct links to all U.S. government agencies and gives contact information for elected officials. Has news releases and online services for citizens, businesses and government, such as filing taxes and applying for social security benefits. -LEM
     Website includes countless details on the US government, on topics ranging from how to obtain a grant to viewing all major issues within the government today. -LOL

Government Guide
2731-A Prosperity Avenue
Fairfax, VA 22031
1-703-289-4670 or 1-800-659-8708
Fax: 1-703-289-4678
Type in your zip code and get your local, state, and federal government officials’ contact info. Learn how to write letters to officials by reading other citizens’ letters. Read about issues and upcoming legislation. Track your elected officials’ votes by e-mail. A recommended website. -LEM
     Includes something for everyone: consumers, business owners, drivers, travelers, and researchers. -MKK
     Great site for any American seeking information through the government. -LOL

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Government Relations - The Art of Lobbying
Tom Bolt and Associates, P.C., Attorneys at Law
Corporate Place, Royal Dane Mall
St. Thomas, USVI 00802
Fax: 1-340-776-1639
This law firm provides a comprehensive guide to lobbying, how to contact your legislator, the ten worst mistakes of lobbying, and a glossary of legislative terms. Does not provide articles or recent news. -LEM
features a section on what lobbying is, how to get started, and effectively lobbying for your choice of issues. -LOL

Grassroots Lobbying Techniques
Educate members of Congress about the issues that affect you, your job, your family, and the needs of our retirees. How-to for effectively lobbying via e-mail, letter writing, phone calls, and meetings. Choose the method that best suits the legislative situation.
     Provides tips on each of the four lobbying techniques. Includes contact information for USA senators and representatives. Also gives a list of the worst political mistakes one can make. -LEM

 Great tips for contacting your local legislator; includes templates for writing letters, proper writing etiquette when contacting representatives, and sticking to one issue per contact. -LOL

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1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 701
Washington, DC 20036
Educates policymakers, opinion leaders, the media and the public on international development. Works to influence policies and appropriations in order to maximize aid resources and effectiveness.
     A complete guide on the most effective ways of contacting senators and representatives for all issues. Also provides the number for the Capitol Hill main switchboard so you can call your senators or representatives. -LEM
     A very easy to use, well-formatted website. Good for people who want to start taking an active role in politics. Also includes a brief lesson on how Congress works. -MKK
     Great introduction to politics; even includes basic information on the legislative and budget processes. Highly informative and easy to navigate. -LOL

League of Women Voters
1730 M Street NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC  20036
E-mail: lwv@lwv.org
Website: www.lwv.org
     A nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation of citizens in government. Increases your understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
     Shows how to register to vote. A bit boring and dry. Could provide easier access to get involved. Provides names of local, state, and national public officials and the local league office in your area.
     Read recent press releases and receive free e-mail updates. Track legislation as it moves through Congress. Must join organization in order to access most of website's information. Not a highly recommended website. -LEM
   The organization provides information on topics ranging from voters to campaign finance reform. The site also offers a way in which to actively participate in the democratic process at the state and federal levels. -MKK
     A highly involved organization with plenty of information to offer, if you become a member. -LOL

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Michigan Decency Action Council
4521 Broadmoor SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
Fax: 1-616-698-7131
E-mail: darva@mdac.org
The 10 tips presented here are intentionally simple and unsophisticated to serve as a starting point. These tools should always exist in the arsenal of every lobbyist. When used strategically on an ongoing basis, they will produce results.
     Easy-to-follow tips are perfect for someone who has never lobbied before and wants to advance their skills. -LEM
     A short but useful website for first time lobbyists. -MKK
     Inspirational words on how to become involved in lobbying and the government. -LOL

Thomas: Legislative Information on the Internet
The Library of Congress
101 Independent Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20540
Makes federal legislative information freely available to the Internet public.
     Provides the Congressional calendar and summaries of bills and their status. Read committee reports, as well as historical documents and recent issues of The Congressional Record. Includes links to the executive and judicial branches and state and local governments. -LEM
     Useful in seeing how your elected officials have voted on past legislation. -MKK
     A great resource for legislative information and includes a great database for bills and laws passed since 1990. -LOL

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Tools of the Citizen Advocate
Office of Public Policy and Advocacy
220 I Street NE
Washington, DC 20002-4373
One does not need to be an expert to be a citizen advocate. Offers basic information to use for the issues that concern you.
     Provides tips for citizen advocates, from writing to lawmakers to meeting with them. Also allows you to find the names and locations of your representatives. -LEM
     Great website for becoming active in critical issues around the world today. Commendable goals and issues are displayed on this site. -LOL

Two-Minute Activist
The American Association of University Women (AAUW)
1111 Sixteenth Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
1-800-326-AAUW or 1-202-872-1425
It takes only two minutes to make your voice heard - one minute to read, one minute to act! Read about the latest issue in Congress. Then personalize a pre-written AAUW message and e-mail it to your member of Congress.
     Although geared toward women who have graduated college, anyone can join and learn for free. Features Congress' daily schedule and weekly individual votes. Read about important issues, elections, and candidates. Includes a media guide for every location in the United States. -LEM
     Tackles important issues in American life such as education, civil rights, reproductive rights and health care. -LOL

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1629 K Street, NW
The Mezzanine, DC 20006
Phone: 1-202-737-2277 or 1-800-VOTENET
E-mail: info@votenet.com
     Provides information about Congress and links to related internet resources. Monitors executive and legislative actions affecting the national budget, federal regulations, government information access and nonprofit advocacy.
     Provides an easy and convenient way to lobby for upcoming bills in Congress. Gives e-mail addresses for all elected officials, plus their "election resume" and ratings.
     Read recent press releases. Contact and lobbying information is easy to access. Software and publications must be purchased. A good website for information about Congress. -LEM

3007 Wessynton Way
Alexandria, VA 22309
Combines irreverent articles, behind-the-scenes information and the revolutionary Congress. Provides tracking services to give everyone an easy and entertaining way to find out what's going on in Congress.
     Includes the latest Congressional news and Congress' future plans. Learn who represents you, read their pro/s, and get their contact info. Also read how a bill becomes a law and what actually happens to lobbyists’ e-mails and phone calls. -LEM
     Features a "YourCongress.Watch E-Mails Service" to fully alert you to what your Congress official is saying and doing while in office. -MKK
     Amusing website with plenty of information and resources for the critical viewer. "YourCongress.Watch" is one of their best features. -LOL

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Resources for New York State

Citizen's Guide to Lobbying State Government in NY
E-mail: lobcom@attglobal.net
Website: www.nylobby.state.ny.us/citizensguide.html
     "Provides the tools to track legislation in New York State government. Find out how a bill becomes a law, search for legislation by keyword or bill number, or identify and contact your State Representatives. Also includes handy tips for communicating with state legislators."
     Tips are very helpful and make lobbying easier. Has representatives' contact information as well as the contact information of other elected state officials. Provides publications, lobbying data and recent press releases. -LEM


NY Citizens
c/o WXXI Public Broadcasting Council
280 State Street - PO Box 30021
Rochester, NY 14603-3021
"A collaboration of the New York State public television stations and New York State public radio. Devoted to baseline information about New York State issues, lawmaker contacts, and political news and issues."
     Discusses elections and political campaigns. Also allows you to contact your lawmaker with concerns. Participate in discussion forums with other concerned NY citizen advocates. -LEM
     Great for any New Yorker looking for a verifiable source of information and willing to  support NY Public Television. -LOL

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