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This is the sixth and final article in a special six-part series


commemorating the 50th anniversary of the National Club Association. This article from the August 1994 issue of Club Director addresses an issue at the heart of the National Club Association—legislative activism. Today, NCA offers new, interactive technology to connect members directly to their government representatives, allowing every- one to “Take Action” on the issues that matter most. Make sure your voice is heard by visiting NCA’s Legislative Action Center and clicking “Take Action” on our website, www.nationalclub.org.


LEGISLATING CHANGE


THE POWER OF POLITICAL ACTIVISM BY KELLEY WALKER |


process to win legislative contests. John Motley, a lobbyist for the National Federation of Independent Business, was quoted as saying, “I get listened to on the Hill because they know I have 600,000 small


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ne of the most effective methods of in - fluencing legislation at all levels of govern- ment is grass roots activity. This is a move- ment whereby members of associations become involved in the government relations


businessmen behind me back home. The grass roots give me standing.” Members of trade associations are realizing that they need to sharpen their “grass roots skills,” an area once dominated by labor, con- sumer and environmental organizations, to protect their po litical interests. It has become increasingly evident that constituent communications with members of Congress, state legislators, and local officials drive the decisions


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