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  •  Downside to faxes... (none)
    is that they annoy the staff.  Probably won't have an impact on registering your positions for or against something.  But, might get your letter filed in the recycling (Democratic office) or trash (Republican office).
    •  "Annoying" faxes . . . (none)

       . . . look, if CONSTITUENTS fax lots of faxes and they DON'T look like Astroturf (i.e., not in "form letter" form), then there's no problem with "annoying" the staff.  

        The staff is there, partly, to guage constituent opinion and reaction to policies and proposals.  If enough constituents (like, say, 25 faxes from all over the Congressional District; or, with a Senator, 75 faxes from around the state) fax or mail or call in a SUSTAINED way -- that is, over a sustained period of days, or, much better, weeks or 2 or 3 months -- it will, indeed, at least make the Representative or Senator think twice before supporting or voting against a particular bill or policy, etc.

        PLAN OF ACTION:  Like with Dean Meet-Ups, if enough people, using the "tree" networking system, were to mount a sustained campaign of faxes, calls or s-mail letters to an MC -- over a period of at least days, if not weeks or months -- rumblings (at least) within the office will occur.    Again:  VOLUME MATTERS.

       BenGoshi
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      "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." T.J.

      by BenGoshi on Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 02:44:43 PM PST

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      •  Clarification -- (none)

         those "25" and "75" numbers meant PER DAY.  

        Of course, 5 or 10 per day's good, too (talking about faxes and letters).  Organization is the thing.  

          Both on the Hill and in the Governor's Office, we'd sometimes get "form" post cards that, while sort of attention-getting (because they're be lots of 'em), were not taken nearly as seriously as would two-thirds or even half amount of hand-written postcards, letters or faxes because that would have shown a passion in the constituents' feelings on the matter that a form postcard does not.

         BenGoshi
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        "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." T.J.

        by BenGoshi on Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 02:49:40 PM PST

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