May 17, 2011 •
I Have an App for That
Roll Call published an article today for those who are interested in how technology is affecting government, campaign finance, and elections. In a piece called “Members launch personal apps,” Melanie Zanona discusses how Members of Congress are beginning to embrace the use of smartphone apps. What started out as a new communication opportunity could become an important fundraising tool in the upcoming elections.
According to the article, U.S. Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio) was the first to come up with an app last year so that he could stay in touch with his constituents. It also says the past year has seen 16 Members now offering mobile apps, most of them being Republicans.
Apps are being used to give people quick access to news, voting records, to social media platforms, and to photos.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s campaign site has an app that allows people to donate to his campaign.
At the end of the article, they have a list showing the categories of apps and the names of the legislators who offer them.
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