Lobby Day: A great way to get facetime

While email is an easy, quick way to communicate with members of Congress, nothing is better than a face-to-face meeting for getting a message across. Full-time professional advocates, however, never have the time or capacity to meet personally with all of the members they want to impact.

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Enlisting the help of the members of an advocacy organization through a lobby day can enhance the efforts of professional staff greatly. A well-organized effort can promote a message to more members of Congress in a single day than most professional advocacy staff can see in a year. Furthermore, members of Congress ultimately get their mandate from their constituents. They strive to be responsive to sentiment in their home districts. They likely will be more receptive to a message delivered by folks from back home than someone working out of a Washington office.

Hosting a successful lobby day involves several stages:

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