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More Than Voting For and Against Bills

Advocacy Tip - Political engagement
is a way of life in the advocacy world.
Fundraisers allow you to demonstrate your
support for the candidate, meet others
who share your political views and engage
the candidate in a discussion of common
interests. Giving a modest amount to a PAC
is important, the dollars add up. However,
you get the most political "credit" if you
host the fundraiser and deepen your
relationship with the candidate.

Legislators are usually constituent focused and work hard
to have district offices with responsive staff. A good district
office and staff are the equivalent of a great public relations
campaign for someone whose job retention depends on
voter approval. While legislators may also have other jobs
when they are back home, which is certainly permitted,
they also use their time in their home districts to meet
with constituents and local officials. And when they are in
Harrisburg, their district staff are kept busy attending those
local meetings in their place.
Advocacy Tip - You don't have to drive to
Harrisburg to meet with your legislator; the
district office may only be a few miles away.
Session days in Harrisburg are routinely
busy with the schedule of committee
meetings, caucus and voting sessions set
by leadership and shoehorned into days
with staff, lobbyists, media and others all
seeking the legislator's attention. A district
meeting, on a non-session day, is easier to
schedule and often more productive.

The Senate and the House, Very Different

Senators and Representatives get paid the same to serve in
the General Assembly, $90,300 per year with some optional
perks. Starting with their terms of office, 2 years in the
House and 4 years in the Senate, everything else is different.
The members of the House elect their presiding officer, the
Speaker. The Pennsylvania voters elect the Senate presiding
officer, the Lt. Governor. The House has an electronic
voting system, the Senate uses voice roll calls. The Senate
votes on the confirmation of a wide array of gubernatorial
nominees, from Cabinet secretaries to filling judicial
vacancies. Tax proposals must originate in the House.

Fund Raising a Constant

To get elected, and then re-elected, the core of the
political process is fundraising. Elections laws require
donations and donors to be identified and reported for
public review. For state legislative candidates there are
no limits on donations. Political Action Committees
(PACs) are the legal vehicles for like-minded individuals
to pool their contributions. Candidates work within that
system to secure the funds needed for Get Out the Vote
(GOTV), advertising of all types, campaign literature,
office rental, mailings and numerous other legitimate
campaign expenses. Then they start again, right after the
election, to rebuild their campaign account funds. They
hold fundraisers in their home district and in Harrisburg.
Legislators cannot do political work while on state property.

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Advocacy Tip - Traditionally, Senators
are always addressed as "Senator." House
members are more informal. If you are
meeting with a Representative, make sure
to find out his/her first name; they won't
object if you use it.

Larry Light retired from PAMED as the
Senior Vice President for Political Affairs.
He was a PAMED lobbyist at the state and
national levels for more than 34 years.

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