Sometimes, when you call a senator's office they ask where you are located. If you name a state other than the one the particular senator represents, they will tell you that your opinion really doesn't matter.
Should that occur, take the time to note to the person that when a Senator strays and goes against the will of the majority, the money they spend from their state to his state to prevent his next reelection can be a factor.
I don't send money to the campaign committee of Senators in states where they historically vote my beliefs unless they are in special need of help (Thune). But I will spend even more to help vote out a particularly impudent piece of shit like john (I am a hero because I crashed a billion dollar airplane) mccain in a state I don't live in to rid us of that menace to freedom.
If you call Snowe or Collins, and happen to let on that you are either pro-Life, a Christian, or oppose homosexaul marriage, not only does yur opinion not count, you will not get mail, your email address will be blocked and your phone messages deleted automatically if you call directly in from yur home or office phone.
And that includes newspapers, our contact Elisha in Collins office refuses to return my calls or the calls of the publisher. But then again we refuse to publish their bull without thier first answering our questions or responding to our questions.