You may have heard the old lobbyist saw, "We aren't buying influence, we're buying access." Well, who can compete with that?
We all can, if we all use available avenues to let our elected officials know that we have an opinion, we watch their behavior, and we vote!
The fastest, easiest route to access I know is to simply contact your elected official, either by phone, email or regular mail. They do keep track of those calls and letters.
What to say?
* Name the issue you are calling about, and give a brief "what you want & why" statement.
* That you live in the district and vote.
* If you supported the person in the last election, say so.
* If you gave money, say so.
* Ask the person who answers to let the official know you will be watching to see how they speak about and vote on the issue.
Below are links to websites where you can easily look up and contact your elected officials.
For my tastes, USA.gov is the best online resource. It has contact information and an online contact for for everyone from the President down to your state's Governor, including a tweet option! Obviously, it also has phone numbers, if you prefer to pick up the phone and talk to a real staffer. That's sometimes good when you want to ask questions - what view does your elected official hold on a particular issue? http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml
Both the Senate, http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm, and the House, http://tinyurl.com/NoiseHouse, have their own official contact sites. Again, you can find names and contact information, and contact these people right from the website.
You only have one vote, but you can be noisy over and over again. If you really care, make noise! REPOST this blog on your facebook page, or tweet it, and ask your friends to make this joyful noise too.
Remember that other old saying, "Squeaky wheel gets the grease!"