Congress.org

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Congress.org
Congress.org screenshot.jpg
Web address http://www.congress.org/
Slogan Get Informed, Get Involved
Registration Optional to send letters to Congress
Owner The Economist Group
Editor Scott Montgomery
Launched 2009
Current status Online

Congress.org is a website run by the CQ-Roll Call Group, which provides information on actions of the United States Congress and news about federal advocacy and activism. One tool on the site helps users find their elected officials and send e-mail to them, [1] though in March of 2013 that feature was removed without explanation.[2]

Overview[edit]

Congress.org states on its website that it is a "nonpartisan news and information website dedicated to encouraging civic participation". It was started by Capitol Advantage, a Virginia firm that provides software and information to clients who wish to influence public policy.[3] Its software products Capwiz and Knowledgis are described by Washington Technology as "online software and services for lobbyists".[4]

In 2008, the Roll Call Group bought Capitol Advantage.[5]

The company, now known as the CQ-Roll Call Group,[6] relaunched the website in 2009 with a focus on advocacy issues and general interest news on Congress.[7]

The site features reporting on grassroots activism and Congressional advocacy groups by Ambreen Ali.[8] It also runs online videos featuring veteran Washington reporter Craig Crawford.[9]

The site has sponsorship from the American Beverage Association, whose members include The Coca-Cola Company, Dr Pepper, Gillette, Kraft Foods, Nestlé and PepsiCo, among others.[10]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Meislin, Rich. "Politics Navigator". The New York Times. Retrieved April 16, 2010. 
  2. ^ Site statement
  3. ^ Lee, Christopher. "The Kingdoms and the Power." Washington Post. May 17, 2006.
  4. ^ Gerin, Roseanne (January 27, 2006). "New avenue for lobbyists to reach Congress". Retrieved March 13, 2012. 
  5. ^ Weisenthal, Joseph. "Roll Call Acquires Capitol Advantage, A Provider Of Online Political Tools, For $43 Million." Washington Post. Aug. 1, 2008.
  6. ^ "About CQ-Roll Call Group." CQ-Roll Call Group. Accessed April 16, 2010.
  7. ^ Dornic, Matt. "Ambreen Ali to Congress.org" Fishbowl DC. Jan. 8, 2010.
  8. ^ "Journalism for Citizens." Trail Mix. Aug. 11, 2010.
  9. ^ Krinsky, Alissa. "Craig Crawford: 'Convinced Web Video Content is 'the Future.'" WebNewser. April 28, 2010.
  10. ^ Site statement

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