[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/24/art.dncipadapp.dnc.jpg caption="The Democratic National Committee launched its new iPad app Thursday."]Washington (CNN) - Late Wednesday night the Democratic National Committee launched the first mobile application from a political party designed specifically for the iPad. The new app's release also coincides with Thursday's release of the new iPhone 4.
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Features on the free app, which can also be downloaded for the iPhone and the iPod Touch, include a new platform "AirMail" which allows the DNC to send messages to users to take action. Users can also access an events tool, watch videos, see pictures, read Democratic discussion talking points and receive news alerts. Users will also be able to call their member of Congress from the application, donate to the Democratic Party and post content to Twitter and Facebook.
"We think it is a really comprehensive way communicate with our network of grassroots activists," DNC spokesperson Brandi Hoffine told CNN. "This is just the beginning of our mobile technology effort and we're excited to show off other features this year."
While the DNC is the first political party to launch an iPad friendly app, the White House was ready with its iPad app the day the new Apple device launched.
The DNC, hoping to capitalize on buzz as the new iPhone hits shelves, also launched a similar app for Organizing for America, the grassroots organization of Obama supporters brought together during the 2008 White House race.