The Congressional Communications Report

Communicating with lawmakers has changed dramatically over the years and the Congressional Communications Report has been there helping the government relations community change along with it. The Report compiles insights from Congressional staff and those working to influence them on how best to get a message through to Members of Congress. The Report overlays these insights with expert analysis of shifts in technology and social media to bring you a complete understanding of what works and what doesn’t when you are communicating with Capitol Hill. Estimated release date: late November, 2017.

An Expert Study in the Field of Government Relations

Publishers of the Original U.S. Congress Handbook and the book of Washington Representatives have teamed with Dr. David Rehr and George Mason University Law School to bring you the largest, most in-depth study of its kind on the work habits of Congressional staff and the lobbying community. The Congressional Communications Report is packed with information accompanied by full-color charts and ready to use data points that will change the way you do business with Capitol Hill.

 

Key Findings

The Congressional Communications Report gives readers crucial insight, including:

  • The 5 worst advocacy tools to use on freshman Member offices
  • Why using an "old fashioned" fax might get you your desired result
  • What advocacy tools NOT to waste your money on to influence the Congress
  • Where female congressional staff go to learn about public policy
  • The #1 way to get a meeting on Capitol Hill
  • The top 2 advocacy tools that Republican Hill staffers reveal
  • Find out what Blogs Capitol Hill reads – and then get mentioned in them!
  • The #1 way to influence Hill Democrat staffers
  • The #1 way to influence Hill Republican staffers
  • Three ways to avoid wasting money on advocacy initiatives
  • The #1 way to avoid media visibility "backfiring" on your legislative program
  • Using national and local media to advance your legislation by targeting Hill readership
  • Where "twenty-something's" on Capitol Hill go to find policy information

2017 Edition Updates

Keep up with how best to utilize evolving media advancements:

  • Brand new stats on the use of Twitter for official business
  • A first-ever look at how congressional staff and lobbyists perceive social media bias
  • A new insert on the use of streaming video for advocacy efforts
  • Analysis of the political talk shows that dominate the Hill
  • A new poll on media preferences

Author Profile

Dr. David Rehr is a Professor of Law at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University where he teaches Legislative Advocacy and Strategic Leadership. Before going to George Mason Dr. Rehr was Program Director of Advocacy in the Global Environment at The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM). Prior to his career in academia Dr. Rehr served as President and CEO of both the National Association of Broadcasters and the National Beer Wholesalers Association. Professor Rehr has been named to Washington Life Magazine’s Power 100 list and has been listed as a Top Association Lobbyist by The Hill Newspaper. He has also been featured in Beachum’s Guide to Key Lobbyists and has been named one of the top 20 most influential people in radio by Radio Ink magazine. Please CLICK HERE to read more.

 

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Do you have members or staff who cannot attend the breakfast? Let us bring the Congressional Communications Report to your organization via a custom live webinar with Dr. Rehr. Dr. Rehr is not only an expert researcher, he is also a former association executive with extensive experience working with elected officials. Dr. Rehr will review the report findings, answer questions and dive into the specifics of how your organization can better communicate with Congress. For more information, please email Matthew Barnes HERE

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