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Make the Most of 300 House Co-sponsors

Tools for Spreading the Word

UPDATE: The news is now official, so please help spread the word! Active votes prevented Reps. Gerlach and Thompson from making their floor remarks, however, so we'll have another opportunity to generate news when those remarks occur.

In last Monday’s eNews Alert, we promised sample materials to help you share the exciting news that 300 representatives – including majorities of Republicans and Democrats – have co-sponsored our bill to make the enhanced tax incentive for conservation easements permanent.  This milestone is a great opportunity to get recognition for the bipartisan support your work enjoys.  You can also thank co-sponsors from your area, providing increased media attention that will help to get the bill passed.

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Land conservation is something we can all agree on. Congressmen Jim Gerlach (R-PA) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) announce that we have recruited 300 House co-sponsors for our bill to make the enhanced tax incentive for conservation easements permanent – and that includes majorities of Republicans and Democrats! Congress should seize this opportunity to get the job done.

Your Toolkit to Make the Most of This News

We’re reaching out to reporters nationally, but can’t do it alone. Your land trust can help make this a local news story that gets your Congressional delegation’s attention. Here are some sample materials and related links to make it easy:

Listen to Our Tax Incentive Media Strategy Call

Thanks to everybody who called-in for our national tax incentive media strategy call February 8.

Please contact pressroom@lta.org if you have any questions or need personal assistance with your press outreach

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