Washington (CNN) - Just two days after the House Republicans launched AmericaSpeakingOut.com, an interactive site geared toward collecting ideas for the GOP, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launched a site that allows their supporters to vote for the worst GOP ideas.
GOPContractWithAmerica.com is a campaign website that links to a new Facebook application that allows supporters to fill out a poll and share it with their Facebook friends. Republicans have said their new site is not campaign oriented.
"The DCCC launched this new initiative to enable our four million plus grassroots supporters to vote for the worst GOP priorities that benefited big corporate special interests under George W. Bush," DCCC Spokesman Ryan Rudominer told CNN in an e-mail. "The DCCC will continue on the cutting edge in allowing our grassroots supporters' voices to be heard."
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Washington (CNN) - When House Republican leaders unveiled their new interactive website, geared towards collecting ideas to shape the GOP Congressional agenda, reporters quickly raised questions about why the site was paid for with tax payer funds when it seemed to be more geared towards upcoming elections.
AmericaSpeakingOut.com is an innovative website sponsored by the House Republican Leadership. People can submit ideas, comment on other people's ideas and vote ideas up and down. It is also highly integrated into the social networks Facebook and Twitter and will soon be available on mobile devices and apps. A point system also adds a sense of competition, awarding badges and encouraging participation.
House GOP Leader John Boehner opened the press conference on Tuesday seemingly with the tone of a campaign. "All across America, Americans are speaking out, but unfortunately they don't see Washington Democrats listening," Boehner said. "The purpose of this project is to give the American people a megaphone to speak out by using the best technology available."
While all ideas are allowed to be posted, the GOP said the conversation is occurring in the context of Republican principles. "What we are asking the American people to do is to participate with us as to how do we apply those principles to tomorrow and the day after," Boehner explained.
Washington (CNN) – Using social networks, especially Facebook and Twitter, has become the norm for political campaigns. Rep. Joe Sestak's campaign for the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate nod had a robust Facebook, Twitter and YouTube strategy. And the underdog campaign's online tool kit also used a lesser-known web tool: Ning.
The platform allows any campaign, company, or individual to create a custom-branded social network.
For Sestak's campaign, the Ning social network acted as a virtual campaign office for active supporters and volunteers. The campaign was able to use its Ning presence as a central hub for people to obtain campaign information and find tools to easily mobilize, like the campaign's virtual phone bank program, a document center, register to vote forms and an easy-to-use Letter to the Editor application.
Tom McDonald, Sestak's new media director responsible for digital strategy and implementation, told CNN his online strategy was similar to Republican Scott Brown's, who also used a Ning network during his Senate race in Massachusetts.
Washington (CNN) – Carly Fiorina’s Senate campaign has unveiled a new mobile twist to phone banking that allows volunteers to make voter contacts on-the-go.
The program works by sending volunteers a text message with the name and phone number of a person the campaign wants to reach. The volunteer then makes contact and asks if the voter plans to support Fiorina as the Republican nominee for Senate. The response is then relayed back to the campaign and is logged into the campaign voter file, similar to how a traditional phone bank works. But the transfer of the information is done via SMS texting.
“This technology brings traditional phone banking right to the palm of your hand,” Fiorina spokeswoman Julie Soderlund told CNN in an e-mail.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/11/art.kaganvideo.wh.jpg caption="Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan appeared in a new video posted Tuesday on the White House’s website and YouTube page."]Washington (CNN) - Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan describes herself an "open minded person, a fair person" and pledges to "faithfully apply the law and do the best I can to decide it in the right way," in a new video posted Tuesday on the White House website.
The White House uses the video to offer another side about President Obama's choice to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens to the Court. Kagan talks about her childhood in New York, education at Harvard Law School, time as a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, dean of Harvard Law School, and her current role as solicitor general.
The video is narrated by the 50-year-old Kagan, and features still photographs of her during various different times in her life, and video from Monday's announcement of her nomination at the White House.