Here was the (most likely a canned) reply one of them sent back:
Thank you for contacting me regarding S.1597, the Internet Poker and Games of Skill Regulation, Protection and Enforcement Act of 2009. I am glad to have the benefit of your views on this important issue.
Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) introduced this legislation in the Senate on August 6, 2009 and it was referred to the Committee on Finance. This bill would modify federal internet gambling laws.
Be assured I will keep your views in mind as Congress considers this or any legislation affecting internet gambling. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can ever assist you.
With best wishes, I am
Dear [insert name here]
Thank you for writing to me.
==>(This is called a buffer statement -- good start.)
[Reiterate here what dumb voter sent.]
==>(So far, it's standard fare.)
I am glad to have the benefit of your views on this important issue.
==>(He said it with a straight face? Hard to tell with e-mail -- probably chortling, but maybe only giggling.)
Be assured that I will keep your views in mind
Please do not hesitate to contact me if
Actually, it was more than I expected. I at least received a reply which was mildly surprising. Also, it was tailored to the comments I made, so could have been worse.
A guy who blogs under the name Zaphod sent a letter to his congressman (not about poker), and received a reply about illegal immigration. Huh?
Did any of you send an e-mail to your congressmen? Did any of you receive a reply?