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ICYMI: Final ALN Session of 2013 Focuses on Mobile Technologies

Last month CMF was pleased to co-host along with the Beekeeper Group the latest session in our Advocacy Leaders Network series, "Mobile Advocacy: There's an App for That." This workshop focused on how mobile technologies can boost recruitment and participation, and help enhance the advocacy experience.

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Do's and Don'ts for Successful Fly-Ins

Fly-in season is almost upon us again! The annual Capitol Hill ritual mostly runs from January to about June, with thousands of associations, nonprofits and corporations flying supporters in to meet with members of Congress and their staffs. Groups invest enormous resources in these events and the meetings dominate the schedules of congressional offices.

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Advocacy Spotlight: NHPCO’s Fly-in Strategies

We are entering a busy time of the year when organizations, associations and nonprofits conduct their fly-ins to make a connection between their supporters and those supporters’ Members of Congress. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is a group that conducts fly-ins very effectively through an integrated and intensive plan. Tony Kudner, Manager of Grassroots Advocacy for NHPCO, generously shared with CMF some of the lessons they have learned by building on successful advocacy strategies from previous years.

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Senate Budget Committee Listening to the Public

New Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray recently announced the launch of “MyBudget,” the committee’s new online effort to encourage members of the public to participate in the federal budget process. This new online tool allows the public to share their stories, budget priorities, and ideas with the committee as it writes a budget.

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#SocialMedia Cheat Sheet: Great Tips to Apply to Constituent Outreach

The 113th Congress looks as if it is quickly adapting to the changing world of social media. In fact, the vast majority of the newly elected Congress members (all but three, to be precise) have Twitter accounts. Read on to learn some useful tips on optimizing your communication through twitter.

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