Lobbying 101

How to Prepare for a Successful Office Visit:

  • Gather a group of dog and cat owners and make an appointment, if necessary. Fridays are best because that is when legislators are usually in their offices.
  • You may only be able to meet with a staff member but remember that legislators rely heavily on their staff and they can influence how a legislator votes. It is very, very important to educate staff about the issue. Be very cordial to staff members as they are a direct line to the legislator.
  • If you do meet with staff in the local District office, ask for the name of a staff member in the Capitol office that will be working on the bill. Mail copies of any letters and information to that staff member and follow up with a phone call to make sure your support/opposition is recorded in that office as well.
  • At the beginning of the meeting identify that you are representing NCVAW and/or various counties. Be prepared to provide some info about NCVAW and it’s members and/or counties represented, etc.
  • Dress professionally.
  • Bring copies of the Talking Points and personally hand deliver any letters from  any constituents. It is important that they have materials that they can pass on to the legislator.
  • Always be polite and respectful of the Senator, House Representative or staff member’s time. Plan for 10-15 minutes of discussion but you may only get 5 minutes.
  • Ask them to support/oppose the bill.
  • Don’t forget to thank them for their time.