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Form Letters Are Still Relevant When Communicating with Congress

For advocacy organizations, it is critical to understand two misconceptions: first, handwritten letters do not wield more influence on a member than email letters; and second, “form” emails and letters are not necessarily inferior to personalized ones, particularly when message volume is taken into consideration.

Exodus to K Street…in an Election Year?

As election years usually see fewer revolving-door staffers, recruiters believe that a continuous ’brain drain‘ of talent from Congress to K Street involves several factors including severe legislative gridlock.

Who Tweets on Behalf of Members of Congress?

Perhaps we have the vague sense that a communications director, or even an intern, is the one who hits “post” on behalf of their lawmaker boss.

Wikipedia Instates 10-Day Editing Ban on US House of Representatives

A group of anonymous individuals from within the US House of Representatives have posted a series of so-called ‘disruptive’ edits to various Wikipedia pages.

‘Personal Lobbying’ for Five Bucks?

Would you pay $4.95 for someone to call a lawmaker on your behalf? Amplify’d, a newly-launched startup, claims to offer “personal lobbyists” for less than five bucks a pop.

Members of Congress Lack Social Media Know-How

Rather than taking advantage of social media as the two-way channels they represent, many lawmakers are instead using Facebook and Twitter to disseminate press releases and repetitive sound bites.

Broadcast TV Weighs Heavily on Face-to-Face Political Conversations

As advocacy professionals, we spend a lot of time deliberating how to craft and position messages that will resonate with our target audiences. What we tend to think less about, however, is what happens to these messages once they have been received; more specifically, how people converse with one another about the issues they hear and learn about

Using Social Media to Highlight Life Away from Capitol Hill

Instead of solely focusing on the bills they want passed or the platforms and issues they champion, Congress is using social media to put aspects of their personal lives display.

Twitter’s Effect on Politics and Journalism

Despite the fact that a relatively small percentage of the American population uses Twitter, the social platform has become an essential tool for journalists, and has caused a significant shift in the dynamic between political operatives and major publications.

The Latest Congressional Battleground: Social Media

Two separate groups have created competitions to honor and promote the best social media presences run by congressional offices.