1.1 Lawmakers Care Most About Elections
Elected officials always have one thing on their minds: re-election.
A recent analysis of members of Congress found that most of their day is spent on election activities like fundraising, attending district events, conducting press outreach, and meeting with their voters.
Members of Congress focus on raising money because 90% of the time, the candidate who raises the most money wins the election. The member's office only cares about people inside their district or state because they are the only ones who can vote for (or against) them.
The press often criticizes Congress for taking long "recess" breaks, but the members know that spending a lot of time back home meeting with their constituents and hearing their concerns face-to-face is the best way to win an election. They spend a lot of time focusing on their specific voters because they are the ones who will re-elect them. This is why the majority of Americans disapprove of Congress as a whole, but think their member of Congress deserves to be re-elected.
Good advocates know how much Congress cares about re-election
and use it to their advantage. Every interaction you have with your member of Congress of their staff needs to focus on convincing them that supporting your issue will help them to get re-elected.
Location, Location, Location.
When you are reaching out to your member of Congress, make sure you know how the issue impacts your home district and if it is good (or bad) for his or her constituents.