Change Congress is a website dedicated to rallying public support for the Fair Elections Now Act introduced yesterday by Senators Dick Durbin and Arlen Specter. It features a virtual whip count that allows you to go down the list of senators and representatives, “whipping” those who haven’t committed to supporting the act by clicking on their names. Doing so brings you to a page with the politician’s contact information so you can call them and also the option to enter in donations you are withholding based on their opposition to the bill.
One interesting note: the virtual whip count was designed by some of the good folks at Google. It’s very sleek, and definitely simplifies the process of contacting congressmen. This is exactly the kind of technological advance that Republicans have fallen behind the curve on in recent years. John McCain’s tweets notwithstanding, the GOP, in my opinion, is still way behind in Web 2.0. For instance digg, reddit, and even Facebook seem to be awash in messaging straight from CAP, with hardly any Republican or right-wing stuff making it through. Now would be as good a time as ever for somebody on the right to make sure that Google-type programmers have a few projects to work on that benefit conservatives.
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