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Advocacy Resources

 
With decades of experience advocating on behalf of ESOP companies, The ESOP Association has a long history of success in the legislative and regulatory arenas. However, we only have success when our members interact with their elected officials.

Here are resources to help you contact and engage the members of Congress who represent you.
 

Find Your Congressional Members

The first step is to identify your Senators and Representatives. We’ve made it easy for you—just enter the zip code for your company below and we will provide the name and contact information for the correct officials. If you are feeling ambitious, do it for every location where your company has an employee presence and grow your list of visits!



To see if the members of the House and Senate from your state are actively supporting ESOPs, visit our regularly updated list of ESOP Advocates in the House and Senate.  

      Request a Meeting

      Once you’ve identified the members you want to host at your company or visit in Washington DC, send in your meeting request! You can download here a sample meeting request that you can edit and send from your company. Be sure to include all the details about the dates you hope to meet, what you would like to discuss, and most importantly how you can be reached.

      We recommend sending the request via e-mail and following up with a phone call to make sure it was received. In your e-mail subject line include: Meeting Request for Scheduler on Behalf of [Your Company Name OR Your Name if you have a relationship already]. That way it is more likely to be quickly routed to the right person on the staff.

      Of course, if you have established a relationship with someone in the office, use that point of contact.

      If the member is busy and you are offered a meeting with a staff member, it is an excellent opportunity! Members of Congress rely deeply on their staff to know the details of the issues and their constituencies; sometimes meeting with the staff can lead more directly to a positive result because the staff is often making the first call on what issues to support.

      Prepare to Talk About Your Company

      Start by gathering important information about your company and the impact it has in your community. Members of Congress are always looking for ways to better understand their constituents, the businesses that create jobs, and the way federal laws and policies could make it easier or harder for you to do business.

      Come ready to describe what your company does or what you make. Elected officials may want to know about your customers and what markets you serve; they almost ALWAYS want to know how many employees you have.

      But the most important part is telling your employee ownership story. For some inspiration, you can watch these videos from past Annual Awards for Communications Excellence (AACE) winners, who tell the ESOP story.

      Prepare to Talk About ESOPs in General

      These documents can provide broader information that you can share with your elected officials. Feel free to print them out and leave them with your members of the House and Senate.

      ESOPs and U.S. Department of Labor

      S.177 and H.R. 2258

      About The ESOP Association

      Help Us Follow Up

      If you plan to make Congressional visits, please e-mail here: ESOPADVOCATE@esopassociation.org and let us know about your scheduled visits and then how the meetings went. That way we can better track and follow up on any questions your elected officials may have or commitments made to you (like co-sponsoring a bill, or signing a letter).

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