Citizens in Action: A Guide to Lobbying and Influencing Government

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Ever wanted to make a difference for your world, for your country or for your neighborhood but weren t sure how to get started?

Feel a little intimidated at the idea of contacting an elected leader whether your city council member, your state legislator or a Member of Congress?

Think it s impossible to gain the attention of elected leaders without sending them a big campaign contribution?

Well, think again.

In Citizens in Action, Stephanie Vance, the Advocacy Guru, takes the controversial position that it is possible to get heard on Capitol Hill, that not all politicians are corrupt (OK, a few are), and that citizens can get things done from Washington, D.C. to their city council. Vances tips and advice are helpful whether you are just getting started on an advocacy effort or have been trying to lobby elected officials for years.

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About the Author:

Vance, the Advocacy Guru of Advocacy Associates, LLC is author of Government by the People: How to Communicate with Congress and the fabjob.com guide, Get a Job on Capitol Hill. She has over 15 years of experience in Congressional affairs, having worked in a prominent DC law firm, lobbied for National Public Radio and worked in various Congressional offices, holding positions as Legislative Director and Staff Director. Her work on congressional communications stems from a deep and abiding belief that government is effective only when citizens are active participants. She has presented the concepts behind How to Communicate with Congress at seminars and workshops around the country, including the Brookings Institution s Government Affairs Institute, and she is a member of the National Speakers Association. Ms. Vance is also a member of the American Society of Association Executives Government Relations Council and a member of Women in Government Relations. Her website has won a number of awards, and her work has been the subject of a variety of print media stories, including an interview with the National Journal s Cloakroom publication. Ms. Vance holds a Masters Degree in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University and a Master s Degree in Liberal Studies at Georgetown University. She was also a 1999 German Marshall Fund Fellow and is listed in Who s Who in American Women.

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