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What Difference Does Lobbying Make?

By Alicia McBride on 07/21/2011 @ 11:30 PM

Tags: Communications, Government

Alicia McBride

You probably won't be surprised to learn that FCNL (a Quaker lobby in the public interest) thinks that lobbying can make quite a bit of difference. For every success story, though, we know there are many, many stories of frustration.

That's why I'm excited about the latest issue of our newsletter, which offers positive examples of how lobbying works and also gives some practical advice on how to boost your lobbying effectiveness. I particularly recommend "The Lowdown on Email," which talks about how you can make your lobbying emails stand out, and this interview with Aaron Scherb, a former congressional staff member and former FCNL intern, who addresses some of the common questions we get about lobbying. I always like to hear about what you think of the newsletter, so if you have comments or feedback please let me know!

We couldn't answer all the questions we wanted to get to in one newsletter. That's why we're taking questions online, too. Maybe you feel that your representative doesn't represent you and will never change. Maybe you've given up hope that Congress will take decisive action on the issues you care about. No question is too small or too big to Ask a Lobbyist.

Just leave a comment either on this post or on our Ask the Lobbyist page. Ruth, David, Jim, Diane, or another one of our lobbyists will be responding to questions as they come in.

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