Cigar Rights of America announced the opening of their new office in Washington D.C,, citing that the time had come for the organization to have a permanent presence on Captiol Hill.

“In Washington, if you’re out of sight, you are definitely out of mind,” said Glynn Loope, Executive Director of Cigar Rights of America. “You have to be there, to be consistently pounding the pavement to get our message across to the staff and membership in the House and Senate.”

The new office is located near the U.S. Captiol, at 300 New Jersey Avenue NW, Suite 900. It will be staffed by Mike Copperman, legislative director for Cigar Rights of America.

Brian Berman, Director of Membership for CRA, said that “opening an office in Washington D.C. is a necessary and logical step. From day one, Cigar Rights of America has had a presence in Washington D.C. from our Virginia-based office, however given the urgency of the FDA regulation of tobacco, and the need to spend even more time on Capitol Hill, the timing couldn’t be more important in taking this step.”

CRA is planning on asking its members to contact their elected officials with greater frequency in 2012 in order to preserve cigar rights, and will be offering assistance in getting those meetings arranged both in Washington and in all 50 states.

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