Have You Made Your Calls Today?

It's easy to keep the pressure on. How do you think lobbyists are so successful in shaping US policy? More on the most effective methods of contact.

This is truly a time to take action. Here is a nice resource. The absolute most important thing that people should be doing every day is calling their Senators and Representatives. You should make 6 calls a day: 2 each (DC office and your local office) to your 2 Senators & your 1 Representative. Fast, simple, easy.

IMPORTANT. How to get your information.

Text your zip code to 520-200-2223 (works nationwide) (data charges may apply)
Your list of federal and state representatives will be texted to you so you can just click on their numbers.
It literally takes seconds and you will always have those numbers at the ready as you make those calls.

When you call, choose the option to talk to a staffer. Try and retry until you get through to a person. If there is not a real person and only a voicemail line use that option. Do  not go to a website or send an email. Make sure that your message is in your own voice and is heard by a real person.

WHAT TO SAY

In order to be most effective, you must help the staffer quickly and efficiently get the point of your call. Do not ramble or vent. In college, I used to do political fundraising cold calls. It was fun and I made pretty decent money. Here's the formula I used for success.

State clearly your full name and where you reside.
Ask if you are speaking to the correct person to leave a comment for <your representative full title and name>
Politely tell a little - one or two sentences - about why you care about the issue you are requesting action. Be fully informed.
Politely and succinctly lay out what action you want <your representative full title and name> to take, be specific.
For example, today I shared the following with both Sen McCain and Sen Flake:
"I have been an educational technology and professional development consultant for many years. Nobody wants to improve the Educational system more than I. However Ms. DeVos is not qualified nor does she possess the ideological temperment to represent the interests of all American students. Privatizing our public school system for profit is bad enough, but she also wants to impose her personal extreme religious agenda on our children. I urge the esteemed Senator to strongly oppose the appointment of Ms DeVos to Secretary of Education."

UPDATED:  Nifty Fifty app info. (Recommended by MIT Media Lab)

From the website:

Join the challenge

This is a grassroots challenge to get friends in 50 states to make calls to their congresspeople about an issue they care about. Live phone calls have the most impact. Your mission is to pass this along to friends who will make calls and also pass the message/link along. Three clicks and you’re in. We make calling easy. http://niftyfifty.org

UPDATED: FAX INFO

If you can't get through, send a fax.

Here’s the available fax numbers for U.S. senators, with hyperlinks to faxing through FaxZero, below:

Alabama

Jeff Sessions (R) Send Sen. Sessions a free fax
2022243149
Richard Shelby (R) Send Sen. Shelby a free fax
2022284276
Alaska

Lisa Murkowski (R) Send Sen. Murkowski a free fax
2022245301
Dan Sullivan (R) Send Sen. Sullivan a free fax
2022246501
Arizona

Jeff Flake (R) Send Sen. Flake a free fax
2022280515
John McCain (R) Send Sen. McCain a free fax
2022282862
Arkansas

John Boozman (R) Send Sen. Boozman a free fax
2022281371
Tom Cotton (R) Send Sen. Cotton a free fax
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California

Dianne Feinstein (D) Send Sen. Feinstein a free fax
2022283954
Kamala Harris (D) Send Sen. Harris a free fax
2022242200
Colorado

Michael Bennet (D) Send Sen. Bennet a free fax
2022285097
Cory Gardner (R) Send Sen. Gardner a free fax
2022246524
Connecticut

Richard Blumenthal (D) Send Sen. Blumenthal a free fax
2022249673
Christopher Murphy (D) Send Sen. Murphy a free fax
2022249750
Delaware

Thomas Carper (D) Send Sen. Carper a free fax
2022282190
Christopher Coons (D) doesn't take faxes
Florida

Bill Nelson (D) Send Sen. Nelson a free fax
2022282183
Marco Rubio (R) Send Sen. Rubio a free fax
2022280285
Georgia

Johnny Isakson (R) Send Sen. Isakson a free fax
2022280724
David Perdue (R) Send Sen. Perdue a free fax
2022281031
Hawaii

Mazie Hirono (D) Send Sen. Hirono a free fax
2022281031
Brian Schatz (D) Send Sen. Schatz a free fax
2022281153
Idaho

Mike Crapo (R) Send Sen. Crapo a free fax
2022281375
James Risch (R) Send Sen. Risch a free fax
2022242573
Illinois

Tammy Duckworth (D) Send Sen. Duckworth a free fax
2022280618
Richard Durbin (D) Send Sen. Durbin a free fax
2022280400
Indiana

Joe Donnelly (D) Send Sen. Donnelly a free fax
202224501
Todd Young (R) doesn't take faxes

Iowa

Joni Ernst (R) Send Sen. Ernst a free fax
2022249369
Chuck Grassley (R) Send Sen. Grassley a free fax
2022246020
Kansas

Jerry Moran (R) Send Sen. Moran a free fax
2022286966
Pat Roberts (R) Send Sen. Roberts a free fax
2022243514
Kentucky

Mitch McConnell (R) Send Sen. McConnell a free fax
2022242499
Rand Paul (R) doesn't accept faxes
Louisiana

Bill Cassidy (R) Send Sen. Cassidy a free fax
2022249735
John Kennedy (R) Send Sen. Kennedy a free fax
2022280447
Maine

Susan Collins (R) Send Sen. Collins a free fax
2022242693
Angus King (I) Send Sen. King a free fax
2022241946
Maryland

Benjamin Cardin (D) Send Sen. Cardin a free fax
2022241651
Chris Hollen (D) Send Sen. Hollen a free fax
2022280629
Massachusetts

Sorry, folks. Both Edward Markey (D) and Elizabeth Warren (D) don’t take faxes.
Michigan

Gary Peters (D) Send Sen. Peters a free fax
3132266948
Debbie Stabenow (D) Send Sen. Stabenow a free fax
2022280325
Minnesota

Al Franken (D) doesn't accept faxes
Amy Klobuchar (D) Send Sen. Klobuchar a free fax
2022282186
Mississippi

Thad Cochran (R) Send Sen. Cochran a free fax
2022249450
Roger Wicker (R) Send Sen. Wicker a free fax
2022280378
Missouri

Roy Blunt (R) Send Sen. Blunt a free fax
2022248149
Claire McCaskill (D) Send Sen. McCaskill a free fax
2022286326
Montana

Steve Daines (R) Send Sen. Daines a free fax
2022281236
Jon Tester (D) Send Sen. Tester a free fax
2022248594
Nebraska

Deb Fischer (R) Send Sen. Fischer a free fax
2022281325
Ben Sasse (R) doesn't take faxes
Nevada

Dean Heller (R) Send Sen. Heller a free fax
2022286753
Catherine Masto (D) doesn't take faxes
New Hampshire

Margaret Hassan (D) Send Sen. Hassan a free fax
2022280581
Jeanne Shaheen (D) Send Sen. Shaheen a free fax
2022283194
New Jersey

Cory Booker (D) Send Sen. Booker a free fax
2022248378
Robert Menendez (D) Send Sen. Menendez a free fax
2022282197
New Mexico

Martin Heinrich (D) Send Sen. Heinrich a free fax
2022282841
Tom Udall (D) doesn't take faxes
New York

Kirsten Gillibrand (D) Send Sen. Gillibrand a free fax
2022280282
Charles Schumer (D) Send Sen. Schumer a free fax
2022283027
North Carolina

Richard Burr (R) Send Sen. Burr a free fax
2022282981
Thom Tillis (R) Send Sen. Tillis a free fax
2022282563
North Dakota

Heidi Heitkamp (D) Send Sen. Heitkamp a free fax
2022247776
John Hoeven (R) Send Sen. Hoeven a free fax
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Ohio

Sherrod Brown (D) Send Sen. Brown a free fax
2022286321
Rob Portman (R) doesn't take faxes
Oklahoma

James Inhofe (R) Send Sen. Inhofe a free fax
2022280380
James Lankford (R) Send Sen. Lankford a free fax
2022281015
Oregon

Jeff Merkley (D) Send Sen. Merkley a free fax
2022283997
Ron Wyden (D) Send Sen. Wyden a free fax
2022282717
Pennsylvania

Robert Casey (D) Send Sen. Casey a free fax
2022280604
Pat Toomey (R) Send Sen. Toomey a free fax
2022280284
Rhode Island

Jack Reed (D) Send Sen. Reed a free fax
2022244680
Sheldon Whitehouse (D) Send Sen. Whitehouse a free fax
2022286362
South Carolina

Lindsey Graham (R) Send Sen. Graham a free fax
2022243808
Tim Scott (R) Send Sen. Scott a free fax
2022285143
South Dakota

Mike Rounds (R) Send Sen. Rounds a free fax
2022247482
John Thune (R) Send Sen. Thune a free fax
2022285429
Tennessee

Lamar Alexander (R) Send Sen. Alexander a free fax
2022283398
Bob Corker (R) Send Sen. Corker a free fax
2022280566
Texas

John Cornyn (R) Send Sen. Cornyn a free fax
2102248569
Ted Cruz (R) Send Sen. Cruz a free fax
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Utah

Orrin Hatch (R) Send Sen. Hatch a free fax
2022246331
Mike Lee (R) Send Sen. Lee a free fax
8013929630
Vermont

Patrick Leahy (D) doesn’t take faxes
Bernard Sanders (I) Send Sen. Sanders a free fax
2022280776
Virginia

Tim Kaine (D) Send Sen. Kaine a free fax
2022286363
Mark Warner (D) Send Sen. Warner a free fax
2022286363
Washington

Maria Cantwell (D) Send Sen. Cantwell a free fax
2022280514
Patty Murray (D) Send Sen. Murray a free fax
2022240238
West Virginia

Shelley Capito (R) doesn't take faxes
Joe Manchin (D) Send Sen. Manchin a free fax
2022280002
Wisconsin

Tammy Baldwin (D) Send Sen. Baldwin a free fax
2022256942
Ron Johnson (R) Send Sen. Johnson a free fax
2022286965
Wyoming

John Barrasso (R) Send Sen. Barrasso a free fax
2022241724
Michael Enzi (R) Send Sen. Enzi a free fax
2022280359
You can use FaxZero’s page to easily search and get your House rep’s number.