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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Bradford Fitch will be on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” on Friday, November 26, 2010, 9:15 am. He will be interviewed about his new book, Citizen’s Handbook to Influencing Elected Officials. Video of the program will be available following the live show on the C-SPAN Video Library.
The Citizen’s Handbook provides practical guidance how to prepare for and meet with elected officials and staff, how to write effective letters and emails to elected officials, strategies for influencing legislators face-to-face, best practices for communicating with Congress and state legislatures, and how to write persuasive “letters to the editor”. Includes the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.
The Citizen’s Handbook is a practical handbook on how to be a successful citizen-advocate and includes off-the-record comments from Members of Congress and staff on what truly influences legislative outcomes. The overall theme is summed up in a quote by Thomas Jefferson: “We do not have a government of a majority; we have a government of the majority to participate.”
Press Release: Who Really Has the Power in Washington? The Surprise Answer: Ordinary American Citizens
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