CONTACT ELECTED OFFICIALS
Letter Writing Campaign
Time after time supporters come to meetings wondering what they can do to make a difference in the FairTax campaign. So we put our heads together and found an easy way for you to show your support and make an impact. When you sign up in support of Wisconsin FairTax, you will be given an initiation packet containing information on the Congressional Letter Writing Campaign, recruitment program, informational materials and handouts, and promotional products (such as buttons and bumper stickers).
The Congressional Letter Writing Campaign is a nation-wide campaign to contact our representatives about the FairTax. When you sign up in support of the Wisconsin FairTax, you will be assigned a day of the month in which you will send one letter per month to your Congressperson. We encourage you write your own letters, but there are also sample letters that can be customized to whomever is being written.
When writing your letters, be polite, concise, and to the point. It's a good idea to state the purpose and any action steps you are requesting at the beginning of your letter. Please refrain from using inflammatory language. Keep in mind these congressional offices are bombarded with literature and printed material from hundreds of organizations promoting their causes. There will be plenty of opportunity to provide literature in the future, so be sure the only thing sent in your envelope is the letter. Also, use your own return address on the envelope - this has much more meaningful impact.
Key points to mention are that the FairTax Act is a tax system which:
allows you to keep 100% of your paycheck, pension, and Social Security check.
is pro-growth and creates jobs by making American-made or American-grown
products more competitive at home and for export.
eliminates taxation of income and urges a repeal of the 16th Amendment.
ensures that everyone in the United States pays their fair share of taxes.
is progressive by exempting all legal, resident, American taxpayers from federal
taxation up to the poverty level through a monthly rebate.
dramatically lowers tax rates for low-income and middle-income Americans.
reduces the cost of goods and services by eliminating hidden taxes.
allows families to save more for home ownership, education, and retirement.
frees up the time and money wasted on record keeping for the IRS and filling out
cumbersome IRS forms.
protects and ensures the funding of Social Security and Medicare.
leaves unchanged the amount of money raised by the federal government.
View sample letters
E-mail is another tool with which to contact congressional offices. Although many of the same principles apply in composing e-mail, there are additional protocols to be considered. When making a strong point, avoid the temptation to write in all capital letters. All caps is the e-mail equivalent of shouting. Avoid the cutesy symbols so often seen in e-mail messages. Make your point clearly and follow the proper grammar and punctuation rules. Also, be sure to spell check your message.
Calling Your Congressperson
Calling the congressional offices is only slightly different from contacting them by mail. The same rules apply. Phone calls should be brief and to the point. Start with the tax aide. Once you have a good relationship established there, and you believe the aide has been fully educated, suggest a conference call with the congressperson.
The primary difference between a phone contact and mail contact is that you are not going to have the time on the telephone to list all of the elements of the FairTax. Open the conversation with the congressperson or the aide by saying that you support the FairTax and would like to know how he or she would vote on the bill.
The key points in making phone calls are 1) be brief and to the point; 2) be prepared to state why you support the FairTax; and 3) urge them to co-sponsor HR 25/S 296 or thank them for doing so.