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Members of Congress Using Reddit to Interact with Constituents

June 18, 2012 | By

Roll Call today reported about the increasing use of Reddit, a social networking web site, by Members of Congress to interact with constituents. A handful of Members are asking policy questions on the site often leading virtual, and sometimes vigorous, town hall discussions. Organizations that engage in advocacy should pay attention to this trend. If it […]

Congress vs. K Street: Report Finds Significant Differences in Communication Preferences

June 15, 2012 | By

A recent survey of over 2,000 lobbyists and 700 congressional staffers found that “Congress and K Street are often wildly disconnected” in their efforts to communicate, according to POLITICO‘s Dave Levinthal. The 116-page Congressional Communications Report, released this week, contained some interesting findings: According to Levinthal, “The Holy Grail for lobbyists is scoring an in-person […]

Sunlight Foundation Launches New Legislative Tracking Service

June 13, 2012 | By

Earlier this week, at the PDF Conference in New York, the Sunlight Foundation launched a new legislative tracking service called Scout. I haven’t had a chance yet to explore the free application but it will be interesting to see how it compares to some of the subscription based offerings that have been around for years. […]

How to Get Results from Your Virtual Town Hall

March 5, 2012 | By

Cross-posted from the Congressional Management Foundation blog One of the fastest growing and potentially empowering technologies for engaging citizens, interacting with elected officials, and building better communications is virtual town hall meetings. These meetings can take two forms: a telephone town hall or an online town hall that employs other technology beyond the “conference call” […]

Why Congressional Websites Matter

November 1, 2011 | By

Cross-posted from the Congressional Management Foundation blog In 1998, the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) embarked on a ground-breaking research project: to study best practices in congressional websites with the goal of providing Congress with guidance on how to use this emerging technology to improve constituents’ communication with, and understanding of, the institution. Three years later […]

Daily Specials

October 6, 2011 | By

Congress: Apple Founder Steve Jobs Changed Our Lives (The Hill) An homage to one of modern technology’s greatest innovators: various members of congress share (via tweet) their sadness over the loss of Steve Jobs. Will Your Brand Succeed in the New Facebook? (ClickZ) Facebook’s recent makeover may mean you need to adapt your content. Find […]

Advocacy and the Super Committee

September 20, 2011 | By

Many Americans are consumed with football in the fall.  But the budget and economic crisis has advocacy professionals obsessed with a slightly different group—the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction—or the ‘Super Committee.’ The Super Committee is charged with recommending how to reduce the U.S. deficit by at least $1.5 trillion over the next ten […]

Congress slow to grab hold of Google+

August 23, 2011 | By

by Patrick Hynes Cross-posted from The Daily Caller Despite the successful and headline-grabbing launch of Google+, only 13 members of the U.S. Senate and 15 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have established profiles on the new social networking site, far fewer than the number from each chamber who are active on Facebook and […]

Signed Sealed Delivered

August 4, 2011 | By

Cross posted from BisNow. Sometimes a letter isn’t enough. Here are a few groups that have delivered a message to Congress by actually delivering something.  When Medicare faced major cuts a year ago, the American Medical Association sent over 2,000 white lab coats to members of Congress. (A true fashion statement.) The association held a […]

#Social Congress: Perceptions and Use of Social Media on Capitol Hill

July 26, 2011 | By

The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) today released the first study of congressional staff views of social media, and how it is being used by Congressional Offices. #SocialCongress:  Perceptions and Use of Social Media on Capitol Hill shows that most Members of Congress have thoroughly integrated social media into their communications operations, and are using new […]