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How to Lobby and What to Expect on Capitol Hill. By: Danielle LeClair, LIUNA PED March 19, 2013 PED Federal Employee Lobby Day Training. Overview. What is lobbying – fact from fiction What to do before the meeting – preparation What to expect Who you’ll meet with

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How to lobby and what to expect on capitol hill

How to Lobby and What to Expect on Capitol Hill

By: Danielle LeClair, LIUNA PED

March 19, 2013

PED Federal Employee Lobby Day Training


Overview

Overview

  • What is lobbying – fact from fiction

  • What to do before the meeting – preparation

  • What to expect

  • Who you’ll meet with

  • What to do when you lobby

  • Do’s and Don’ts

  • Follow up


What does lobbying look like

What does lobbying look like?


Who is a lobbyist

Who is a Lobbyist?

  • YOU ARE!

  • Citizen lobbyists (aka regular people)

  • Anyone who tries to influence legislation on behalf of a particular interest

  • Some professional lobbyists; some lobby for the first time


Meeting who

Meeting – who?

  • Maybe the Congressperson

  • Often the staff

  • Ask if it’s ok to take a photo with your group – especially if you meet with the Congressperson or Senator


Congressional staff

Congressional Staff

  • House – 8 in DC

  • Senate – 20-30 in DC

  • Committee vs. Personal Staff

  • Large # of issues to handle

  • Often better informed than the Congressperson

  • Positions – various ages/experience levels

    • Chief of Staff/AA

    • LD

    • LA

    • LC

    • Staff Assistant


Team project flip chart

Team Project – Flip Chart

  • Team 1 – What do you do before meeting with your Congressperson? Locals 2132, 792, 29F, 117

  • Team 2 – What do you do during the meeting? Locals 2163, 1636

  • Team 3 – Lobbying Do’s – Locals1029, 1050

  • Team 4 – Lobbying Don’ts – Locals 1707, 2097, 1671

  • Team 5 – What do you do after the meeting? Locals 572, 1708, 1655


Team 1 what to do before the meeting with your congressperson

Team 1 - What to do before the meeting with your Congressperson?

  • Review your handouts/ Know your issues

  • Practice lobbying

  • Pick a “lead” spokesperson and a note-taker

    • Have Lobby Day visit form ready to fill out

  • Find out the Member’s position on the bill

    • Cosponsor/supporter?

    • Opponent?

  • Have your ORANGE folders/handouts ready for the Member/staff

  • Know where the Members’ office is and get there early!

    • Give yourself 30 minutes to get into the building (security, confusing buildings, etc)

    • But not TOO early…


Team 2 what to expect during the meeting

Team 2 - What to expect during the meeting

  • Give the Member/staff the Orange packet and show them what is in it – including reception invite

  • Introduce LIUNA and yourself

  • Tell them why you are there - Talk about how sequestration affects you, your family, and your community

  • Hold them accountable – ask their position on your issue

  • Give them a reason to care about your issue

    • i.e. Sequestration harms the whole community

    • Harms national security, health care, etc.

  • Be able to communicate your message in 5 minutes if needed (but probably have 30-60 minutes)

  • Stick to Federal Employee issues - Member/staff might want to talk about other issues – immigration, Davis-Bacon, etc.

    • Say someone will get back to them on other issue and note on Lobby Visit Form


Team 3 lobbying do s

Team 3 - Lobbying Do’s

  • Give them the packet

  • Tell them why you are there

  • Hold them accountable

  • Be patient

  • Be flexible

  • Be respectful but don’t let the Member/staffer run the entire meeting

  • Be brief – summarize the important points

  • Give them a business card/your contact information

  • Get the staffer’s business card – follow up

  • Be on time!!! Or call if you’re running late

  • Be polite – thank the Member/staff for their time

  • Take notes on each meeting and report back to LIUNA for follow up

  • Say “I don’t know” if that’s the answer to the question

  • Be accurate


Team 4 lobbying don ts

Team 4 - Lobbying Don’ts

  • DON’T: be technical/use technical terms (or abbreviations) – i.e. TAG, GS/WG, etc.

  • DON’T: assume the Member/staffer knows what your job is and what the laws are

  • DON’T: lie/stretch the truth

  • DON’T: read the fact sheets word for word – summarize the highlights

  • DON’T: argue with the Member/staffer – EVER

  • DON’T: discuss issues other than what you are trained on today (i.e. immigration)

  • DON’T: talk about campaign contributions/the election


Team 5 what do you do after the meeting

Team 5 – What do you do after the meeting?

  • Check back with the staffer about bill/issue status when you get home

  • Send a thank-you note to the Member/staffer for the meeting

  • Check the status of the bill:

    • http://thomas.loc.gov Enter bill #

  • Engage your Members at home

    • Publicize your Lobby Day activities

      • Union newsletter/website/Facebook/Twitter

    • Have a Lobby Day in your district on the legislation this Spring/Summer

    • Thank them publicly if they take the requested action


Conclusion

Conclusion

  • Members/staff are people, too!

  • But busy people

    • Be prepared

    • Be brief

    • Be confident

    • Follow up


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