May 5th, 2010
06:01 PM ET
4 years ago

First congressional committee iPhone app launched

On Thursday, Republicans will launch the first Congressional committee iPhone app.
On Thursday, Republicans will launch the first Congressional committee iPhone app.

Washington (CNN) – With Republicans on Capitol Hill eyeing the next two elections, strategists have been aggressively gearing up on the digital front.

Much of the focus has been on the campaign side, with a focus on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. On Thursday, Republicans will launch the first Congressional committee iPhone app in an effort to expand how Congress uses mobile technology.

The app, called GovWatch, was created by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, the ranking member on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. An Issa aide said the app will act as a one stop shop for users to interact with Republicans on the committee via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and through the committee's website.

Leading the effort on the iPhone app has been Seamus Kraft, the committee's Director of New Media.

"GovWatch centralizes and mobilizes all of our digital communications, allowing the user to view and share our government watch-dogging work without leaving the app," Kraft told CNN in an e-mail.

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, has the only other major mobile app in Congress, which launched in early 2010. Because both apps are designed for governing - not campaigning - collecting donations, phoning friends or other popular election mobile tactics are not featured.

Kraft sees the GovWatch app not only as a tool for transparency and oversight, but also an opportunity to help Republicans become more comfortable with mobile technology.

"We view it as a flag-planting app, getting Oversight Republicans into the mobile world and getting the American people comfortable with digitized conservatism," Kraft said.


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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. stuart

    Why is the Democrats so worried about the Gop?A top Republican just came out in said the Gop is going to be in the minority from here to eternity,because they cant get minorty voters,the Gop would need 64% of white voters in 2012 to win back the Whitehouse which is impossible,the majority of Americans might support the ARZ immigration law,but in the long run it hurts the Gop bigtime,a latino poll just came out yesterday showing 82% of latinos is going to vote Democrat,thats up from 56% only 2 months ago,in thats troublesome for the Gop..

    May 5, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  2. Pam, Eugene, OR

    Not knowing how to use the technology helped get the Democrats elected. It really gave the impression that the GOP was old white men who had lost touch.
    Just sayin welcome to 2010.

    May 5, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  3. George of the jungle

    I know where I would plant the flag!!!!

    May 5, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |