The House email system has crashed, choked by the influx of emails on health care. Sadly, this is about the worst way to contact your Member of Congress.
Email lets you communicate very easily with your elected representatives, but it also lets everyone else communicate with them just as easily. Layered on top of that is the fact that some folks who run grassroots campaigns don’t understand this, and will target Members of Congress for floods of form emails. And the increase in communication thanks to 2009 technology is going to offices with 1979 staffing models.
So, knowing it’s easy to send an email and the cheapest avenue for a grassroots campaign to generate large amounts of contact, would you pay attention to it if you were a Congressional staffer?