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27 1917 Lobbying for the Vote Suffragists called on members of the Texas Legislature and of the U.S. Congress to ask for their votes for the state and federal amendments. Detailed instructions for successful lobbying recommended courtesy, good listening, and careful record keeping. DOCUMENT* DIRECTIONS FOR LOBBYISTS I. PREPARATION: 1. Read our records of each member before calling on him. Also read biographical sketch in congressional Directory. Records must not be taken from the office. 2. Provide yourself with small directory. Your own representative is the best source of supply. II. INTERVIEWING: 1. If the member appears busy ask whether he would prefer to see you at some other time. 2. Be courteous no matter what provocation you may seem to have to be otherwise. 3. If possible learn the secretary's name and have a little talk with him or her. The secretary, if inclined to be interested, should be invited to headquarters. 4. If the member is known to be in favor show that you realize that fact and ask him for advice and help with the rest of the delegation . This point is very important. 5. Be sure to keep his party constantly in mind while talking with him. 6. Be a good listener. Don't interrupt. 7. Try to avoid prolonged or controversial argument. It is likely to confirm men in their own opinion. 8. Do not stay so long that the member has to give the signal for departure. *From: "Directions for Lobbyists/' Jane Y. McCallum Family Papers, Austin History Center, Austin Public Library. 156 DOCUMENTS 157 ]KS^^^SSfii^^^S^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ii i (Courtesy Barker Texas History Center, University of Texas at Austin.) 158 CITIZENS AT LAST Take every possible means to prevent a member from committing himself definitely against the Federal Amendment. This is most important. Leave the way open for another interview if you have failed to convince him. If the member is inclined to be favorable invite him and his family to headquarters. Remember to hold each interview confidential. Never quote what one member has said to you to another member. It is not safe to talk of your lobby experiences before outsiders or before servants. We can never known by what route our stories may get back to the member and injure our cause with him. We cannot be too cautious in this matter. III. REPORTS: 1. Do not make notes in offices or halls. 2. Do find opportunity to make notes on one interview before starting another. If necessary, step into the "Ladies" dressing room to do this. 3. Write full report of your interview on the same day giving— a. Name and state of member b. Date and hour of interview c. Names of lobbyists and name of person making report d. Member's argument in detail, especially with view to follow-up work e. Any information you may glean about his family or friends that may be useful to the Washington Committee f. Hand written report to Miss Bain, not later than the day following the interview g. Promptness in turning in reports is most important in order that lists and polls may be kept up to date. ...

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ISBN
9781623493684
Related ISBN
9781623493653
MARC Record
OCLC
954671611
Pages
268
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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