For many, the word lobbying conjures up images of back rooms and cigar smoke, back slaps and bags of money. Those images are far from the truth. Casting your ballot in the voting booth may be the most fundamental of democratic acts, but talking to your elected official—lobbying—is the indispensable next step.
every other group of citizens joined in common cause, have the
prerogative and the responsibility to let members of Congress know that
the legislation they enact has consequences, positive and negative, for
our historic preservation goals back home. After all, who knows better
than we how rehabilitation tax credits can rebuild our downtown? Who
better to explain the full reach of the Historic Preservation Fund into
plans and programs that protect our treasured heritage.
- Lobbying is nothing
more than simply being a strong voice for heritage resources in your
community, a role preservationists play every day through every action
undertaken to preserve historic sites.
- The most fundamental
part of lobbying is establishing positive long-term, working
relationships with your legislators, laying the groundwork for taking
specific action when the need or the opportunity arises.