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Title: Boot Camp: Pharmacist Lobbying 101 Author: Linda Baker Last modified by: Janet Weigel Created Date: 1/23/2006 8:55:44 PM Document presentation format – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Advocacy 101


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Advocacy 101
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Advocacy 101
1. Who can lobby? 2. Fear and intimidation get
over it! 3. Who are my legislators? 4. What are
the best ways to communicate?
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5. How do I gain the ear of my legislators? 6. Ho
w do I get information about my legislators and
the issues? 7. I want to talk directly with my
Representative! 8. What if we disagree?
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Who is qualified to be a lobbyist?
Do you need a degree? Do you need to pass an exam?
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  1. Hire a professional lobbyist

2) Grassroots lobbying
Nobody cares about your issue as much as you do
and nobody can win your issue for you. If you
dont make it happen, it wont.
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"It does not require a majority to prevail, but
rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set
brushfires in people's minds." -- Samuel Adams
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Them Congress 535 Paid lobbyists
12,572
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Us Independent Pharmacies 24,000 Chain
Pharmacies 35,000 59,000
236 million
Patients per pharmacy per year total
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Who IS my Representative?
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Resources
www.vote-smart.org www.house.gov
www.senate.gov www.visi.com/juan/congress
www.cpha.com www.legislature.ca.gov
www.thomas.loc.gov Capitol Switchboard
202-224-3121

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Grassroots Call to Action Methods of
Communication
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Effective Communications Countdown
5 (Snail-Mail) Letters
Should I send a letter?
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Effective Communications Countdown
4 Faxes
Will my Senators and Representative pay any
attention to my fax?
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Effective Communications Countdown
3 Email
Will they pay attention to my email?
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Effective Communications Countdown
2 Phone Calls
Will they take my phone call?
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Effective Communications Countdown
1 Relationships
How do I build a relationship with my legislator?
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Building your relationship
Campaigning Contributing Town Hall
Meetings District Visits
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Building your relationship
Contributing to
PAC
Political Action Committee
LDF
Legal Defense Fund
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Building your relationship
Contributing
Pharmacists over 2,000,000
Accountants
over 10,000,000
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Legislative Branch of the U.S. Government
House of Representatives 435
Senate 100
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Legislative Branch of the U.S. Government
Committees Concerned with Pharmacy
House Ways Means House Energy Commerce Senate
Finance Senate Judiciary Senate HELP
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How do you conduct a meaningful meeting?
How do I get an appointment?
Organizing for your meeting - Do your homework
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Conducting meaningful meetings
Presenting facts and something you need to keep
in mind
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Conducting meaningful meetings
Facts dont vote lawmakers vote their own
calculus. Seldom are favorable material facts
alone sufficient to get votes political facts
may be. Robert L. Guyer, Esq.
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Conducting meaningful meetings
Tell a story Speak in their terms Be informal
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Conducting meaningful meetings
Political issues? Visit the District
office Pharmacy tour
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Conducting meaningful meetings
Why do I have to speak to a staffer? I want to
talk to my Representative!
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The Face-to-Face
Remember you are the expert
Dress code?
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The Face-to-Face
Dos and Donts
- Do be respectful - Dont claim power - Dont
assume they understand
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The Face-to-Face
More Dos and Donts
- Speak in language they understand - Dont beat
around the bush - Show appreciation
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What to do If you Disagree? and Subtle-dodges
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When the meeting is Over.
State your case
Importance
Leave behind
Thank you
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Keep the doors open
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