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Should You Email Lawmakers … or Call Them? Hint: Pick Up the Phone
Posted on: 1/18/2017

A former congressional staffer recently pulled back the curtains on how to get lawmakers' attention on important issues.

Key insights:

  • Calling is better than emailing.
  • When possible, call federal lawmakers at their district offices (call the Capitol when you know a lawmaker is physically there).
  • Unsure of what to talk to your Illinois legislator about? Watch for ISMS legislative alerts on key bills moving through the legislature. We'll advise you whether to call the Springfield or a district office based on the General Assembly legislative session schedule.
  • Politician tweets and social media posts often stir buzz, attention and controversy. However, your social media postings directed to elected officials generally do not receive much notice. This is especially true for some federal lawmakers who are included in social media mentions thousands of times every day.

Just so you know, when you do make that phone call you'll likely be talking to their legislative aides. But according to the former insider, these legislative aides manage much of the ground game and filter information for elected officials. 

So don't delay – get all the tips and make sure your voice gets heard in Springfield and Washington. 

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