SOPA and PIPA Advocacy Efforts Show the Components of Successful Campaigns

March 2, 2012 | By

Cross-posted from the Congressional Management Foundation blog Much ballyhoo has been made about the loosely coordinated mid-January effort to encourage citizens to contact Congress and voice opposition to two pieces of Internet-related legislation. The much-publicized darkening of major websites has been hailed as a wake-up call for Internet advocates. However, the strategies and tactics of […]

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September 27, 2011 | By

New Rules for Online Politics Could Be On the Horizon (TechPresident) Google, Facebook, and Twitter are gearing up to capitalize on ad revenues from political campaigns in 2012; however, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) may put some rules in place to regulate political ads on the internet. Single Voice Sinks Coast Guard’s Rule (Roll Call) […]

Is Anyone Listening?

January 27, 2011 | By

Cross-posted from the Public Affairs Council blog Average citizens can have more influence on congressional policy than they think, says a new study from the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF). In fact, in many cases they have more influence than lobbyists or editorial page editors. The report, Communicating with Congress: Perceptions of Citizen Advocacy on Capitol Hill, […]

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December 10, 2010 | By

Lobbying War Over Net Heats Up (Wall Street Journal) Big phone and cable companies are doing last-minute lobbying to shape a pending FCC proposal to prevent Internet providers from interfering with web traffic. Zuckerberg and Icahn Join Buffett and Gates on Giving Pledge List (The New York Times) Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder of Facebook, is […]

Conversation: The Best Answers to “The Tragedy of Political Advocacy”

December 7, 2010 | By

Cross-published on In a 2007 poll, 44% of Americans responded that they had contacted a U.S. Senator or U.S. Representative within the previous five years. According to the Congressional Management Foundation‘s Communicating with Congress report, this percentage was significantly higher than a 2004 poll, largely due to the increased availability of online tools to […]

New “What is Lobbying” Video Just Released

December 3, 2010 | By

The American League of Lobbyists (ALL) unveiled a new video about the truth about the lobbying profession as part of our ongoing education campaign about the role lobbyists play in shaping good public policy. “Lobbying: Your Constitutional Right,” explains what constitutes lobbying and why it is essential to the democratic process. There are two-minute and […]

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November 22, 2010 | By

WikiLeaks Announces Release 7x the Size of the Iraq War Logs (Mashable) WikiLeaks announced on its Twitter account a release it claims will be bigger than the Iraq war logs. Who Will Speak on Behalf of Social Media to the Next Congress? [OP-ED] (Mashable) A discussion on who speaks for social media in Washington. Don’t […]

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October 26, 2010 | By

All Online Politics is Personalized, Or May Soon Be (Tech President) With companies like RapLeaf, campaigns can target real names and addresses from what can be gleaned about users from the web. Facebook Lacks Friends in D.C. (Politico) Facebook has one of the smallest policy and lobbying shops in the Capitol. Don’t forget to sign […]

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May 26, 2010 | By

Google Tries its Hand at Influence in Washington (The Wall Street Journal) The company’s growing influence is Washington, especially in the realm of ‘virtual lobbying,’ is drawing concern from critics of the popular search engine. In Online Political Ads, Facebook Is Catching Up to Google (techPresident) Political consultants say Facebook’s share of online political advertising […]

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September 30, 2008 | By

Crushing failure for lobbyists (The Hill) Despite all the hard work of lobbyists in the past week to pass a bailout bill in Congress, yesterday’s vote that defeated the proposed legislation shows that politicians are actually listening to their constituents. Commenting 2.0 (Community Guy) New technology promises to create a global blog commenting system that […]