Ryan knocks Obama off perch as most-talked about on Facebook
August 14th, 2012
07:01 AM ET
2 years ago

Ryan knocks Obama off perch as most-talked about on Facebook

Washington (CNN) – A seven-term Wisconsin congressman who 54% of the American people were not aware of last week just knocked the president of the United States off of his perch as the most talked-about politician on the largest social media platform in the world.

According to the exclusive Facebook-CNN Election Talk Meter, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, in the 54 hours since being announced as Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate, sucked up the political oxygen in the social media landscape - with the Beltway topping the buzz and his home state of Wisconsin close behind.

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Filed under: Facebook • Paul Ryan
Washington state to become first to offer voter registration on Facebook
July 18th, 2012
06:46 PM ET
2 years ago

Washington state to become first to offer voter registration on Facebook

(CNN) – Washington will become the first state to offer voter registration via Facebook with a new application to be launched as soon as next week, according to a state election official.

Once online, the app will be accessible on the secretary of state's Facebook page, said Shane Hamlin, co-director of elections for the state.
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Filed under: 2012 • Facebook • Washington
May 17th, 2012
12:11 PM ET
2 years ago

Senators to Saverin: Don't come back. Ever.

(CNNMoney) - Eduardo Saverin's decision to leave the United States with his money, but not his citizenship, has apparently touched a nerve in the Senate.

Two members of the world's greatest deliberative body, Chuck Schumer and Bob Casey, held a press conference Thursday morning on Capitol Hill where they outlined legislation that would prevent the Facebook co-founder from ever returning to the United States.

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Filed under: 2012 • Bob Casey • Charles Schumer • Facebook • Taxes
RNC looks to Facebook for political edge
April 20th, 2012
05:57 AM ET
2 years ago

RNC looks to Facebook for political edge

Scottsdale, Arizona (CNN) – Tapping into the online social networks of voters is a top priority for the digital strategists working for President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney - and no site offers a larger trove of personal data than Facebook.

Now the Republican National Committee is getting into the social media game.
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Filed under: 2012 • Facebook • RNC
Gingrich pins hopes on hashtags
March 10th, 2012
09:54 PM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich pins hopes on hashtags

Dothan, Alabama (CNN) – Newt Gingrich may occasionally refer to a Twitter hash tag as a hash mark but he is relying on the Internet to reach out to voters, one tweet and Facebook friend at a time.

The Republican presidential candidate doesn't have as much money to spend on television advertising as his counterparts, but Gingrich is devoting considerable resources to maximize his online presence.

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Filed under: 2012 • Alabama • Facebook • Newt Gingrich • Twitter
Campaign-tech scorecard: How the candidates compare online
January 2nd, 2012
11:34 PM ET
3 years ago

Campaign-tech scorecard: How the candidates compare online

(CNN) - In 2012, a strong Web presence must be part of every political hopeful's strategy.

On the eve of Tuesday's Iowa caucuses, the first official contest of this year's presidential campaign, we take a look at how the seven Republican hopefuls are presenting themselves in the digital world of social media.

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Filed under: 2012 • Facebook • Twitter
Facebook's advice to politicians: 'Be authentic'
November 11th, 2011
07:42 PM ET
3 years ago

Facebook's advice to politicians: 'Be authentic'

(CNN) - It's the perennial conundrum for candidates trying to access a far-flung electorate: How do you quickly spread your message to voters across the country?

For almost all candidates, social media have become some part of the campaign. Recognizing their new role in the political process, Facebook is offering candidates some tips for utilizing their website.
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Filed under: 2012 • Facebook
Lawmakers want Facebook FTC probe
September 28th, 2011
07:37 PM ET
3 years ago

Lawmakers want Facebook FTC probe

New York (CNNMoney) - You can add two influential members of Congress to the list of people upset with Facebook over the social network's latest privacy flap.

Reps. Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Joe Barton of Texas fired off a letter to the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday, asking for an investigation of Facebook's business practices.

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Filed under: Congress • Facebook
Facebook to start a PAC
September 26th, 2011
10:18 PM ET
3 years ago

Facebook to start a PAC

(CNN) - Facebook filed paperwork Monday to form a political action committee called "FB PAC," CNN has learned.

"FB PAC will give our employees a way to make their voice heard in the political process by supporting candidates who share our goals of promoting the value of innovation to our economy while giving people the power to share and make the world more open and connected," said Andrew Noyes, manager of public policy communications at Facebook.
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Filed under: 2012 • Facebook • Fundraising
Congress gathering debt-crisis feedback via Facebook
July 29th, 2011
07:52 PM ET
3 years ago

Congress gathering debt-crisis feedback via Facebook

(CNN) - As members of Congress navigate the shifting political sands of the debt-ceiling crisis, many of them are turning to a digital platform more associated with sharing personal updates and funny videos about cats: Facebook.

In recent days, lawmakers have swarmed the popular social network to post videos outlining their positions, conduct opinion polls, reach new constituents and ask for feedback.

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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • Facebook
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