Stamps Licked hand delivers your message on progressive topics to your Senators' DC office, and sends your message as a postcard to your Congressperson.
We can do this thanks to a partnership with Herd on the Hill.
With the volume of communications that Congress is receiving in the Trump era, we help you break through the noise and get your message across.
Stamps Licked are progressive software developers in Seattle, and Herd on the Hill is a group of DC residents who advocate on Capitol Hill on behalf of fellow citizens outside DC.
We were inspired by the fourth episode of The West Wing, called "Five Votes Down." In that episode, the fictional President Bartlet is working to pass a gun control measure, and he is giving a speech to supporters. Bartlet quotes Harry Truman, saying "Why do you suppose it is that only sons-of-bitches know how to lick a stamp? The point is, friends, you've got to write the letter...You've got to contact your Congressional representative!"
The Congress Foundation, a non-profit that studies how to influence Congress, found that individual, physical letters (including postcards) from constituents are among the most effective way to influence representatives and senators. In their survey of Congressional staffers, 90% said that postal mail would influence an undecided member of Congress. Hand-delivery insures that it gets where it needs to go.
For now, our volunteers are staffed at a level where we can confidently reach the Senate offices. As we scale up, our intention is to add hand-delivery for the House of Representatives as well.
We charge to cover our expenses. Proceeds that we earn (if any) are donated to progressive causes.
Printing and first-class mailing of postcards are the biggest expenses. It also costs money to run the Web site, do legally required reporting and accounting, process credit cards, defray costs of hand-delivery, and to get the word out. The more we can spread the word organically, the more we can donate. Please share us with your friends!
We divide our contributions between Planned Parenthood, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Human Rights Campaign, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.
No. Organizations like the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Human Rights Campaign, and Stamps Licked are not tax deductible because they lobby Congress. On the other hand, it's just 99 cents.
Here is an example letter to a Senator:
And here is a sample postcard to a Representative:
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Check out our friends at Herd on the Hill and Presterity, and try out Eventshare which helps you share pictures of an event (e.g., a march) with everyone around you, even if you don't have their contact info. Tweet us @stampslicked and tell us about other services we should mention here.
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The Stamps Licked developers have been friends in Seattle for many years, and worked together at several different small software companies. For years, we commiserated about the state of our politics. But when Trump was elected and we saw him try to ban immigrants, disrespect women, disrupt efforts to fight climate change and more, we decided we needed to act.
Since then we've been working nights and weekends to make this service.
Our goal is to help pressure Congress to take common sense actions like fighting climate change, making sure our elections are not hacked, improving and sustaining the Affordable Care Act, and keeping our data private from large corporations.
We're donating profits (if any) to progressive causes.
Stamps Licked makes it easier than ever to send contact your representative and senators all at once. We turn your intent to contact Congress into action. People tell us it's taken them less than 30 seconds, start to finish, to send their message. We're hoping you'll use this supplement the ways you are reaching out to Congress, and that you'll also call your representatives, Tweet them, march, protest, and continue to get the word out in as many ways as possible!
Tell us what issues you are passionate about, and what we should feature on our home page. Tweet us @stampslicked
Want this service for your own Web site or constituency? Email us at email@example.com
Need customer support? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org