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CMF Survey Touts the Benefits of Lobbying Constituents
Friday, December 5, 2014 6:35 AM

According to a recent report from the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF), nothing makes a bigger impression on lawmakers than a visit from their constituents. CMF collected and compiled the report data from 450 responses by House and Senate staffers between 2010 and 2013, and the results bear out what advocacy professionals have always known:  Constituents who engage directly with lawmakers make the most impact on policy.

The CMF survey results come at the perfect time for Cornerstone credit union leaders who are planning to attend the Credit Union National Association's Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, DC, on March 8-12, 2015. The research shows specifically that constituent visits to the Washington office (97 percent) and to the district office (94 percent) have "some" or "a lot" of influence on undecided lawmakers—more than any other strategy.

The report said, "Though senators and representatives want to meet with constituents, because of these competing demands, getting on their calendars and influencing the policy decision-making process requires preparation and a little finesse on the part of advocates."

Cornerstone SVP Advocacy Jim Phelps couldn't agree more. "Getting on lawmakers' calendars early is the best way to ensure you actually get to see them when you're in DC," Phelps said. "In the weeks leading up to the CUNA GAC, the Cornerstone League will be busy contacting Hill offices to schedule appointments on behalf of attendees.”

If you haven't already done so, please take the opportunity now to register for the CUNA GAC. When registering, you will be asked to provide the list of congressional offices that you wish to visit.