How to Influence Your Representative

Friday, July 29, 2011

Here's how a representative's office works: The staffer responsible for a particular issue researches it, takes in all the information, digests it, and then educates the representative. There are too many issues to consider for the representative to be an expert on all of them.

So your best bet is not to try to talk to the representative directly, but to nurture a relationship with the staff member responsible for the issue and educate and influence that person.

The open fuel standards issue would fall into the "fuel" or "energy" category. There is a very high likelihood that the staffer who handles one will also handle the other (and also "environment") issue.

So here's what to do: Call your representative's DC office (except during the recesses when the staff may be home) and ask to speak to "the staff member responsible for flex fuel issues, or the staff member who would handle the Open Fuel Standard Act."

When you're on the phone with the right staffer, introduce yourself. Tell the staffer you want your representative to co-sponsor the Open Fuel Standard Act. Ask the staffer if she or he would mind if you send articles of interest on the topic. The staffer will probably say that would be fine.

Now you have a direct communication line to the person in the best position to influence your representative about the Open Fuel Standard. Stay in communication, but do not overwhelm. Send an article, a fact, or a good argument only once or twice a week, and send only the very best.

To find phone numbers for your representative's office, click here.


Anonymous,  February 15, 2012 at 5:25 PM  

boycott buying gas one day a week .Start on sunday.Why are they telling me gas is going to be 5.00 a gallon this summer ,when its only feb.
I will be out of business ....

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