Obviously, Members of Congress have a constitutional responsibility to interact with their constituents because the First Amendment extends us the right "to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." But what about the chief of staff, the legislative director, or the legislative assistant for small business issues? Do I as an individual citizen have a right to communicate with those individuals?
Members of Congress and their staff are eager to communicate more effectively with constituents. They come to the Congressional Management Foundation and the Partnership for a More Perfect Union with questions about everything from how to best improve their constituent mail operations, to how to best use social media tools like Twitter or Facebook. Through our new 'Ask Us' series, we will attempt to answer those questions for the benefit of not only the asker (whose identity we will carefully guard) but also for anyone else who might have the same question.
NOTE: CMF is moving the week of June 17, which may result in email delays and telecommunications downtime. If you need immediate assistance, please call 202-716-7036 or 202-657-4839. Our new address is: 710 E Street SE, Washington, DC 20003.
CMF's Partnership For A More Perfect Union is dedicated to enriching the relationship between citizens and Congress by comprehensively addressing the deteriorating relationship and communications challenges faced by both sides.
The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to helping Congress and its Members meet the evolving needs and expectations of an engaged and informed 21st century citizenry.
Please note our new address, effective June 18, 2013:
710 E Street SE / Washington, DC 20003 / Tel: 202-546-0100 / Fax: 202-547-0936