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Form Letters Are Still Relevant When Communicating with Congress

For advocacy organizations, it is critical to understand two misconceptions: first, handwritten letters do not wield more influence on a member than email letters; and second, “form” emails and letters are not necessarily inferior to personalized ones, particularly when message volume is taken into consideration.

Remembering Chris Battle: One Year Later

Notorious for his quick wit and charming personality, Chris’s loss was felt deeply by Adfero team members and countless others who had the good fortune of knowing him.

Americans Support Lobbying Efforts, Unsure of Lobbyists

The 2014 Public Affairs Pulse survey found an increase in Americans’ acceptance of lobbying interests, though the general attitude toward corporate lobbies remains conflicted.

Exodus to K Street…in an Election Year?

As election years usually see fewer revolving-door staffers, recruiters believe that a continuous ’brain drain‘ of talent from Congress to K Street involves several factors including severe legislative gridlock.

10 Quick Steps to a Better Online Advocacy (& Fundraising) Program

From having your mom try to navigate your website to using more social media images, Colin Delany offers up 10 things you can do today to advance your online advocacy efforts.

Facebook Nixes Grassroots Tool

Until recently, organizations could create Facebook apps that allow them to access users’ friends lists: a critical grassroots tool, particularly for peer-to peer influence campaigns.

How AARP Found Its Social Media Voice

AARP gathered as much statistical information as possible about its constituency — and especially about its social media habits. Then, around January 2013, Reeves says, the association convened representatives of every department that plays a role in developing social media content.

Who Tweets on Behalf of Members of Congress?

Perhaps we have the vague sense that a communications director, or even an intern, is the one who hits “post” on behalf of their lawmaker boss.

How IR Became Invested in Public Affairs

Only 8 percent of corporate public affairs teams said their departments have some responsibility for investor relations. But that number is likely to increase as the political and regulatory challenges that companies face become more complex.

Wikipedia Instates 10-Day Editing Ban on US House of Representatives

A group of anonymous individuals from within the US House of Representatives have posted a series of so-called ‘disruptive’ edits to various Wikipedia pages.