Martyn Griffen


Closed Legislatures? 5 Ways You Can Still Use Advocate Stories

By Martyn Griffen | May 28, 2020

Your advocates’ stories are one of your most valuable advocacy resources. They can be used to tell your story to public officials, to energize social media or to put a human face on just about any cause or campaign. While legislators are out of session (as they are in 34 states right now), smart advocacy…

Associations: Today’s Actions Could Revolutionize the Future of Your Public Affairs Program

By Martyn Griffen | April 30, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced an interesting dynamic to advocacy programs: while our physical interaction with one another might be at unprecedented lows, our digital interaction has never been higher. Engagement between associations and their supporters increased 10-fold in the month after the COVID-19 crisis broke, according to Phone2Action’s State of Advocacy data. Overall, an…

Three Strategies to Get the Attention of the New Conress

Three Strategies to Get the Attention of the New Congress

By Martyn Griffen | February 7, 2019

More than 100 new members of Congress took office last month, and just about every advocacy organization in Washington are lining up to meet them. Congressional schedules will be full for the foreseeable future. How can your organization command the attention of lawmakers brand new to Washington? Our latest webinar, How to Get the Attention of…

State Advocacy: Preparing for the Upcoming Legislative Session

By Martyn Griffen | December 10, 2018

Does your organization have a roadmap for advocacy at the state level? If your issue’s policy extends beyond the national level, it’s imperative that you advocate your stance to elected officials in affected states. And, with the current national political climate, it’s often possible to influence policy more easily at the state level, given the…

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Communicating with Congress: A Hill Staffer’s Perspective

By Martyn Griffen | April 3, 2018

Sergio Espinosa, Legislative Director to Representative Gene Green (D-TX) in the US House of Representatives, joined us for a live webinar where he shared his expert advice for the best way to communicate with a Congressional office. Here are a few excerpts from the interview. You can watch the full webinar here. How important is constituent…

Teaching Advocates to Craft Effective Messages to Legislators

By Martyn Griffen | February 28, 2018

` You’ve successfully activated your supporters to send emails, tweets, and Facebook messages to their elected officials. How do you ensure that messages to legislators have the biggest possible impact, and aren’t just glossed over in the slush pile? It’s all about knowing your audience. Before Your Message Gets to the Legislator, it Goes Through…

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Net Neutrality, What Now?

By Martyn Griffen | December 14, 2017

The verdict is in. As expected, the FCC voted (3-2) this afternoon to repeal the net neutrality rules that the Obama administration enacted in 2015. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Trump appointee, has long expressed his desire to repeal the current rules, even in the face of sustained public opposition that turned the wonky telecom…

Will the tech community rally on Net Neutrality?

By Martyn Griffen | April 19, 2017

Last month, Congress voted to invalidate FCC rules on broadband privacy which would have prevented Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from collecting and selling their customers’ information without their permission. Tech advocacy groups across the country strongly opposed this move. As much attention as that vote and President Trump’s subsequent signing the bill into law generated,…