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Lynette W. Smith has twice gone before U.S. lawmakers on behalf of credit unions. Read about her experiences
The president/CEO of a $2 billion Ohio credit union says be sure to accept any invitation to testify before elected representatives; offers tips on how to go through the process; and describes the deep feeling of satisfaction he got from being involved.
A former Massachusetts state senator advises friendly meetings with elected officials to build relationships.
A former Massachusetts state senator advises that the next campaign begins after election day and advises you to take action immediately.
It’s a good idea to compile a list of who represents you and then keep it handy, both at your office and at home. Being able to contact your Legislator on short notice during the legislative session could make the difference on a key vote. Here’s how to go about it.
You can make a difference in the decision-making process of your state legislature or the U.S. Congress by being elected to public office; working to elect candidates who support your point of view; and lobbying elected officials. If you live in a country other than the United States, be sure to check your local laws before engaging in lobbying or political activity.
The following guidelines on lobbying apply to personal visits, phone calls, telegrams or letter writing.
There are several reasons to support a candidate for public office, and a multitude of ways to go about it.
A former Massachusetts state senator notes you should know how your legislators stand on your issues. Now is the time to support your candidate.
Credit unions are inherently political. Here’s how directors can summon their inner advocate.
A former Massachusetts state senator asserts the vast majority of our elected officials want to do what's right for citizens. They also know that if they do not pay attention to the political realities–including fund raising–someone else will be worrying about what's right after the next election.
What are the various kinds of political action committees and why should the board care about having one? If you do want a PAC, how do you set one up?
A former Massachusetts state senator notes the importance of praise to a positive political advocacy effort.
A former Massachusetts state senator emphasizes legislators are entitled to respect, courtesy, thanks and the benefit of the doubt.
“I’m going to vote for your bill,” is a commitment from your legislator. A former Massachusetts state senator explains alternative words your legislator may use which indicate he needs more education on your credit union’s issue.