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2007-10-19 Tactics for Winning at the Capitol (SWSLC)

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19 October 2007
Southwest Student Leadership Conference
Tempe, AZ

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  • 1. Tactics for Winning at the Capitol
    Nicole Allen
    The Student PIRGs
    Southwest Student Leadership Conference
    October 11, 2008
  • 2. Influencing Politicians
    There are two ways to influence politicians:
    Money
    People
  • 3. Students Are Powerful
    A LOT of people (+ parents)
    Relatively easy to activate
    Higher education is in the public interest
  • 4. How to Plan A Victory
    Decide on your goal
    Choose your targets
    Outline what influences your targets
    Develop strategies to influence your targets
    Develop tactics to implement those strategies
  • 5. 1. Decide on your goal
  • 6. 2. Select your targets
    Which legislators have the power to pass your bill?
    Which legislators will you need to influence?
    Which legislators can you influence?
  • 7. 3. Outline what influences your target
    Look at their voting record/history. Party lines? Specific issues? Sponsored legislation?
    What is their constituency? Demographics? Political leaning? Industry?
    Up for reelection? In danger?
    Other politicians. Seatmates? Leadership? Lunch buddies?
  • 8. 4. Develop strategies
    Direct lobbying. Meet with the target and people who influence the target.
    Build coalitions. Combine power with groups with similar interests. Think outside of the box
    Grassroots. Mobilize individual students and coalition constituencies to pressure the target.
    Media. Hold the target accountable in the public spotlight.
  • 9. 5. Tactics: Lobbying
    Constituent meetings
    Meet with other politicians to ask for their help
    Stakeholder meetings
  • 10. 5. Tactics: Coalition
    Reach out to major groups in the target constituency
    Combine resources with other groups with a common interest
    Paper tiger coalition
  • 11. 5. Tactics: Grassroots
    Call in days
    Letters/Emails/Petitions
    Rallies
    Lobby Days
    Be creative!
  • 12. 5. Tactics: Media
    Create a championship opportunity
    Press conferences/releases
    Invite the media to all grassroots events
    Letters to the editor
    Editorial board meetings
  • 13. How to Plan A Victory
    Decide on your goal
    Choose your targets
    Outline what influences your targets
    Develop strategies to influence your targets
    Develop tactics to implement those strategies
  • 14. Your Turn
    You are trying to pass a bill that requires textbook publishers to disclose pricing information to faculty
    Your target is the sponsor of the bill, who has just decided to support all of the changes the publishing industry asked for.
    He is the junior Representative from Flagstaff, a first term republican with a party-lines voting record.