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Nine Out of Ten Essentials for Influencing Legilative

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  • 1. Nine out of Ten Essentials for Influencing Legislative Decisions (Including the Budget) Scott Maxwell Mathews & Maxwell, Inc. [email_address] 404-216-8075
  • 2. Yes, YOU can change things! Yes, you CAN change things! No lobbyist can influence the thinking of an elected official nearly as much as a respected constituent from “back home.”
  • 3. #2
    • Educating elected officials is an on-going process.
        • Tell them the basics
        • Tell them the specifics
        • Repeat . . . Often.
  • 4. #3
    • Go LOCAL, not Loco
    • It can get crazy up there.
    • Tell Legislators WHY it’s
    • important to THEIR
    • Constituents.
    • Use local names and faces.
  • 5. #4 Out of Sight? Out of your Mind! Stay in touch! Give Legislators your Email, Cell Phone, etc.
  • 6. #5
    • Help Your Legislator to Help You
            • Send your champion into battle
            • well-armed . . .
            • Data, Facts, Illustrations
            • Comparisons
  • 7. #6 Be Persuasive . . . in a genial, professional way. (Legislators respond to threats about the way the rest of us do.)
  • 8. #7 Make Your Legislator Look Good! Look for circumstances to give your legislator Positive Publicity. Benefit Public Health at the Same Time.
  • 9. #8
    • Don’t wait to be asked your opinion
    • Be proactive!
  • 10. #9
    • Become the Go-To RESOURCE
    • for your legislator
    Train your legislator to think . . . “ I’d better call __________________ and see how this would impact my folks back home.”