Letter Writing Tips
- After you have the contact information, write your letter. We provide sample letters for each issue, but encourage you to include your personal story as well. Personal stories always have a greater impact and are taken more seriously than form letters. Of course, you can write your own letter if you have the time or desire. If you are writing to request support of a bill, remember to include the bills number and any keep the statistics and information about the bill consistent with that of the sample letter.
- Sending a hard copy or email letter are both equally effective. By sending your letter through the postal service, you will be able to attach any supporting documentation required. It is not a good idea to attach documents to email letters, as they will most likely be rejected. Do not let this discourage you from using email though, as the vast majority of constituent letters do not require supporting documentation. Your email letters can be sent directly through your Representative’s or Senators’ websites.
- First Candle would very much appreciate knowing who you have contacted. This way we can conduct follow-up when appropriate. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and the name of the Congressperson or staffer you contacted. Hard or email copies of your letters are also encouraged.
Last Updated: Jan 7, 2010
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