I used to do some lobbying and Sen. Steve Harrison, (R) West Virginia State Legislature once told me that during the most controversial bill he ever had before him he only had 10 phone
calls. (It was over a gay
Prof. Chuck Smith, chairmen of the Political Science Dept. at West Virginia State University, told me that only 6% of the people were willing to speak out or protest over any legislation.
That being said, it is a numbers game
Have everyone in your families make phone
calls and write letters. Write the letters for them, address the envelope, watch them sign it, and put it in the mail yourself.
"CALL AND WRITE ALL" of the Congressional Senators in your state. They don't pay much attention if you aren't in their voter’s district, but in the end it is a numbers game
and they will remember getting phone calls and letters and that most people want it passed or killed, especially if there is eve a $20.00 check attached to it. Campaign Contributions get their attention real fast. But talk to them on the phone first to see where they stand on the bill. You send them the campaign contribution and a letter to remind them of where they stand on the vote.
Go to meetings at all the Yacht Clubs, boating events
, groups etc. Take with you fill in the blank form letters with addressed stamped envelopes. Remember each person there has to send a letter to each of the Congressional Senators in their state, (even if they aren't in their district). Also take a list of phone numbers to pass out as well.
You can also always form a "Political Action Committee," (PAC) to endorse candidates. Politicians love getting endorsements.
I took 40 people lobbying for fathers rights and ended up with one senator asking a state supreme court justice why the state court system discriminated against men
and went on to say they got more complaints on the Family
Law Courts than they did road conditions. As a result, the state legislature rewrote all the states divorce, child custody, and child support laws. Then went on to restructure the family
law courts, replacing over half the family law judges here and one Justice whom ran on a women’s lib platform resigned.
My point is..... You guys don't have the emotional baggage draining you that divorced fathers do, are much more educated, and have much deeper pockets than most of the fathers I had to work with. This should be very easy for you if you are willing to dedicate some time to it.
I used to have an email
list for Congress. I'll see if I can locate an updated copy to post on here for you as well.